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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
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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Examples from the web for jostled
  • Many possible candidate replies jostled with each other in my head.
  • jostled by these hopes and doubts, one turned to the exhibits for help, and found it.
  • jostled from all sides, he started snapping pictures.
  • As it rises, the moisture condenses to form clouds, which are jostled by internal turbulence.
  • The blocks jostled together during their journey in the ship, then masons at the destination finished them.
  • After he finished, the children applauded and jostled to shake my hand.
  • As the value of brands has grown, management consultants have jostled with advertising agencies for control of marketing strategy.
  • Supplicants also jostled to stand at his feet, wheedling for contracts, but that was how his business was done.
  • The hot dog vendor has stepped away to make change, and someone has jostled his cart off its moorings.
  • They need skin that stays waterproof even as it is jostled by debris or shaken by vibrations.
British Dictionary definitions for jostled

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 jostled

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 jostled

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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