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jostle

[jos-uh l] /ˈdʒɒs əl/
verb (used with object), jostled, jostling.
1.
to bump, push, shove, brush against, or elbow roughly or rudely.
2.
to drive or force by, or as if by, pushing or shoving:
The crowd jostled him into the subway.
3.
to exist in close contact or proximity with:
The three families jostle each other in the small house.
4.
to contend with:
rival gangs continually jostling each other.
5.
to unsettle; disturb:
The thought jostled her complacency.
6.
Slang. to pick the pocket of.
verb (used without object), jostled, jostling.
7.
to bump or brush against someone or something, as in passing or in a crowd; push or shove (often followed by with, for, or against):
He jostled for position.
8.
to exist in close contact or proximity with someone or something.
9.
to compete; contend.
10.
Slang. to pick pockets.
noun
11.
a shock, push, bump, or brush against someone or something.
Also, justle.
Origin of jostle
1350-1400
1350-1400; variant (in Middle English, variant spelling) of justle, equivalent to just(en) to joust + -le
Related forms
jostlement, noun
jostler, noun
unjostled, adjective
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  • They jostle against women, each made charming, even the ugliest of them, by the black lace kerchief tied about her head.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • Well; we, in trifling with this jingling toy, have had the ill-luck to jostle and fall out.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • They may be so unlike and incommensurable, and so inert towards one another, as never to jostle or interfere.

  • I have little fancy for the whirl of society, and none for the jostle of politics.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • The balloon made little progress, and the wind seemed as though unwilling to jostle its precious burden.

  • Let us not jostle and crowd each other too harshly, while we are en route.

  • How rudely the greedy babies push and jostle one another to get the most dinner, and how noisily they clamour for it!

  • I wish you would row as carefully as you can, Neddie, so as not to jostle them much.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • There she happened to jostle a lieutenant, who, not recognising her, ventured on a protest.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
British Dictionary definitions for jostle

jostle

/ˈdʒɒsəl/
verb
1.
to bump or push (someone) roughly
2.
to come or bring into contact
3.
to force (one's way) by pushing
noun
4.
the act of jostling
5.
a rough bump or push
Derived Forms
jostlement, noun
jostler, noun
Word Origin
C14: see joust
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Word Origin and History for jostle
v.

1540s, justle, "to knock against," formed from jousten (see joust) + frequentative suffix -tle. The usual spelling 17c.-18c. was justle. An earlier meaning of the word was "to have sex with" (c.1400). Meaning "to contend for the best position or place" is from 1610s. Related: Jostled; jostling. As a noun from c.1600.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jostle

jostle

verb

To pick pockets: a junkie vocation known as ''jostling''/ always looking for cats who were down there jostling (1929+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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