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hobnob

verb [I]     /ˈhɒb.nɒb/ US  /ˈhɑːb.nɑːb/ (-bb-) informal disapproving
to spend time being friendly with someone who is important or famous: She often has her picture in the papers, hobnobbing with the rich and famous.Being, becoming friends and getting to know someoneCreating alliances
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