verb (used without object), hobnobbed, hobnobbing.
to associate on very friendly terms (usually followed by with ): She often hobnobs with royalty.
Archaic. to drink together.
a friendly, informal chat.

1595–1605; from the phrase hab or nab literally, have or have not, Old English habban to have + nabban not to have (ne not + habban to have)

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hobnob (ˈhɒbˌnɒb)
vb (often foll by with) , -nobs, -nobbing, -nobbed
1.  to socialize or talk informally
2.  obsolete to drink (with)
[C18: from hob or nob to drink to one another in turns, hence, to be familiar, ultimately from Old English habban to have + nabban not to have]

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1756, hob and nob "to toast each other by turns, to buy alternate rounds of drinks," from c.1550 hab nab "to have or have not, hit or miss," probably ult. from O.E. habban, nabban "have, not have," with the negative particle ne- attached, as was customary. Modern sense of "socialize" is 1866.
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