[jok-ee] /ˈdʒɒk i/

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

(intransitive) 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)

1520s, “boy, fellow,” originally a Scottish proper name, variant of Jack. The meaning “person who rides horses in races” first attested 1660s.

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.


The driver or pilot of any vehicle: airplane jockey/ tank jockey (1912+)

Related Terms

blip jockey, desk jockey, hogger


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  • Jockey for position

    Maneuver or manipulate for one’s own benefit, as in The singers are always jockeying for position on stage. This expression, dating from about 1900, originally meant maneuvering a race horse into a better position for winning. It was transferred to other kinds of manipulation in the mid-1900s.

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