American English

Definition of elbow noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the joint between the upper and lower parts of the arm where it bends in the middle She jabbed him with her elbow. He rested his elbows on his knees. She grazed her elbow in the fall. He fractured his elbow.
  2. 2the part of a piece of clothing that covers the elbow The jacket was worn at the elbows.
  3. 3a part of a pipe, chimney, etc. where it bends at a sharp angle
  4. Idioms
    rub shoulders with somebody (also rub elbows with somebody)
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    to meet and spend time with a famous person, socially or as part of your job He's rubbing shoulders with stars all the time.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: elbow