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jockey

[jok-ee]
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noun, plural jock·eys.
  1. a person who rides horses professionally in races.
  2. Informal. a person who pilots, operates, or guides the movement of something, as an airplane or automobile.
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verb (used with object), jock·eyed, jock·ey·ing.
  1. to ride (a horse) as a jockey.
  2. Informal. to operate or guide the movement of; pilot; drive.
  3. to move, bring, put, etc., by skillful maneuvering: The movers jockeyed the sofa through the door.
  4. to trick or cheat: The salesman jockeyed them into buying an expensive car.
  5. to manipulate cleverly or trickily: He jockeyed himself into office.
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verb (used without object), jock·eyed, jock·ey·ing.
  1. to aim at an advantage by skillful maneuvering.
  2. to act trickily; seek an advantage by trickery.
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Origin of jockey

1520–30; special use of Jock + -ey2
Related formsjock·ey·like, jock·ey·ish, adjectivejock·ey·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for jockey

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  • He wants the mare stopped, an' don't want no muddlin' about with the jockey, see?

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Allis gave Jockey Redpath the benefit of her knowledge of Lauzanne's peculiarities.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Jockey Redpath had been riding Lucretia in her gallops since she had come to Gravesend.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • "But, boss——" There was a note of strong protest in the jockey's voice.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Jockey Grogan laughed and flung an insult over his shoulder.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan


British Dictionary definitions for jockey

jockey

noun
  1. a person who rides horses in races, esp as a profession or for hire
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verb
    1. (tr)to ride (a horse) in a race
    2. (intr)to ride as a jockey
  1. (intr often foll by for) to try to obtain an advantage by manoeuvring, esp literally in a race or metaphorically, as in a struggle for power (esp in the phrase jockey for position)
  2. to trick or cheat (a person)
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Word Origin

C16 (in the sense: lad): from name Jock + -ey
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Word Origin and History for jockey

n.

1520s, "boy, fellow," originally a Scottish proper name, variant of Jack. The meaning "person who rides horses in races" first attested 1660s.

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v.

1708, "trick, outwit, gain advantage," from jockey (n.) perhaps from its former additional sense of "horse trader" (1680s). Meaning "to ride a horse in a race" is from 1767. Related: Jockeyed; jockeying.

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