- 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.
- to ride (a horse) as a jockey.
- Informal. to operate or guide the movement of; pilot; drive.
- to move, bring, put, etc., by skillful maneuvering: The movers jockeyed the sofa through the door.
- to trick or cheat: The salesman jockeyed them into buying an expensive car.
- to manipulate cleverly or trickily: He jockeyed himself into office.
- to aim at an advantage by skillful maneuvering.
- to act trickily; seek an advantage by trickery.
Origin of jockey
Related Wordshandle, navigate, ride, move, direct, negotiate, twist, turn, position, guide, steer, pilot
Examples from the Web for jockeying
Now House Republicans are “jockeying” to get on the proposed Benghazi committee.How Republicans Twist Benghazi
May 8, 2014
And everyone is jockeying to be the next speaker of the House behind Boehner.Michael Steele on the ‘I Told You So’ Caucus Getting the Shutdown Right
October 21, 2013
The assumption that Boehner's departure is imminent has set off a round of jockeying for the positions that would open up.Life After Boehner
September 5, 2013
Many Iranian M.P.s have been jockeying for power in the lead-up to parliamentary elections scheduled for next spring.Iran Frees American Hikers
September 21, 2011
Red states are jockeying for greater influence on the GOP race this year by moving up their primary dates.The Death of Super Tuesday?
August 5, 2011
We must swallow it and the reputation of 'jockeying' with the Wheat Trust, too.
Jack Hamlin was here, and was jockeying to stop him, and interfered.
Coping, like jockeying, is suggestive of all kinds of trickery.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
Presently Peter was jockeying him into good humor with low talk.Red Fleece
Will Levington Comfort
Very few, however, had their own carriages, and there was jockeying for the vehicles.The Duke's Children
- a person who rides horses in races, esp as a profession or for hire
- (tr)to ride (a horse) in a race
- (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 and History for jockeying
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.
1520s, "boy, fellow," originally a Scottish proper name, variant of Jack. The meaning "person who rides horses in races" first attested 1660s.