noun, plural jockeys.
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), jockeyed, jockeying.
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.
verb (used without object), jockeyed, jockeying.
to aim at an advantage by skillful maneuvering.
to act trickily; seek an advantage by trickery.

1520–30; special use of Jock + -ey2

jockeylike, jockeyish, adjective
jockeyship, noun Unabridged
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jockey (ˈdʒɒkɪ)
1.  a person who rides horses in races, esp as a profession or for hire
vb (often foll by for)
2.  a.  (tr) to ride (a horse) in a race
 b.  (intr) to ride as a jockey
3.  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)
4.  to trick or cheat (a person)
[C16 (in the sense: lad): from name Jock + -ey]

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Word Origin & History

1529, "boy, fellow," originally a Scot. proper name, variant of Jack. The meaning "person who rides horses in races" first attested 1670.
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Example sentences
Streaming sites are evolving daily as studios and platforms jockey for position.
Live performers or a disc jockey provide music for after-dinner dancing.
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