elbow bump
n. A form of greeting in which two people touch elbows.
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To the pantheon of social arbiters who came up with the firm handshake, the formal bow and the air kiss, get ready to add a new fashion god: the World Health Organization, chief advocate of the "elbow bump."

If the avian flu goes pandemic while Tamiflu and vaccines are still in short supply, experts say, the only protection most Americans will have is "social distancing," which is the new politically correct way of saying "quarantine."

But distancing also encompasses less drastic measures, like wearing face masks, staying out of elevators — and the bump.
—Donald G. McNeil Jr., “Greetings Kill: Primer for a Pandemic,” The New York Times, February 12, 2006
An on-court camera captured the action: Bryant approached Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal pretended to be interested in greeting other Lakers, but allowed a halfhearted elbow bump.
—Charles Elmore, “After big buildup, ABC delivers winning show,” The Palm Beach Post, December 26, 2004
1991 (earliest)
"Yo, Bubba" is primarily a male-to-male greeting and is often followed by a high five or an elbow bump.
—David Grimes, “Goodbye, comrade; yo, dude,” The Globe and Mail, September 20, 1991
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