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[jos-uh l] /ˈdʒɒs əl/

verb (used with object), jostled, jostling.
to bump, push, shove, brush against, or elbow roughly or rudely.
to drive or force by, or as if by, pushing or shoving:
The crowd jostled him into the subway.
to exist in close contact or proximity with:
The three families jostle each other in the small house.
to contend with:
rival gangs continually jostling each other.
to unsettle; disturb:
The thought jostled her complacency.
Slang. to pick the pocket of.
verb (used without object), jostled, jostling.
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.
to exist in close contact or proximity with someone or something.
to compete; contend.
Slang. to pick pockets.
a shock, push, bump, or brush against someone or something.
to bump or push (someone) roughly
to come or bring into contact
to force (one’s way) by pushing
the act of jostling
a rough bump or push

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.


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


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