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jockey

[ jok-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɒk i /
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noun, plural jock·eys.

a person who rides horses professionally in races.
Informal. a person who pilots, operates, or guides the movement of something, as an airplane or automobile.

verb (used with object), jock·eyed, jock·ey·ing.

verb (used without object), jock·eyed, jock·ey·ing.

to aim at an advantage by skillful maneuvering.
to act trickily; seek an advantage by trickery.

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Origin of jockey

First recorded in 1520–30 for an earlier sense; special use of Jock + -ey2

OTHER WORDS FROM jockey

jock·ey·like, jock·ey·ish, adjectivejock·ey·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jockey

jockey
/ (ˈdʒɒkɪ) /

noun

a person who rides horses in races, esp as a profession or for hire

verb

  1. (tr) to ride (a horse) in a race
  2. (intr) to ride as a jockey
(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)
to trick or cheat (a person)

Word Origin for jockey

C16 (in the sense: lad): from name Jock + -ey
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