Definition of jockey in US English:



  • 1A person who rides in horse races, especially as a profession.

    • ‘He should run a big race under his former regular jockey.’
    • ‘The entire jockey colony declined to ride Saturday's card by unanimous vote at 12: 15 p.m. EDT.’
    • ‘At the time of the mishap, Krone was leading the Hollywood Park jockey standings.’
    • ‘Do your figures show that there have been more jockeys injured in recent times?’
    • ‘He was famously handed a six-month ban in 1994 for pulling another jockey off a horse at Beverley.’
    • ‘After working as an assistant trainer and jockey agent, he returned ten months later.’
    • ‘And in any case every other owner, trainer and jockey in the race is always trying to win.’
    • ‘Three of them became Irish champion jockey at various times between 1840 and 1882.’
    • ‘The puzzle was to rearrange the pieces so that the jockeys were riding the horses.’
    • ‘Not only do I love this sport, I think the jockeys who participated in it are the world's greatest athletes.’
    • ‘Irish flat racing jockeys are finding it increasingly tough to make the weight.’
    • ‘Camejo is currently the meet's leading apprentice jockey with 30 races won through Tuesday.’
    • ‘The winning jockey has proved a controversial character, but is brilliant in the saddle.’
    • ‘Becoming a trainer or jockey agent is not as enticing, he said.’
    • ‘He was an up-and-coming jockey until his car crash in 1999.’
    • ‘Bobby has taken a winding road to his current position as a leading conditional jockey.’
    • ‘Champion jockeys were soon riding on the Continent and in Ireland as well.’
    • ‘Steeplechase jockeys will be paid 3 % more, about $140 per horse.’
    • ‘Cartwright was a top steeplechase jockey before he became an assistant trainer for Mike Freeman in the early 1960s.’
    • ‘Back in his day Boo was a well-known and respected jockey on the Speedway.’
    rider, horseman, horsewoman, equestrian
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    1. 1.1US An enthusiast or participant in a specified activity.
      ‘a car jockey’
      • ‘But the Scobleizer is no ordinary Windows-obsessed blog jockey.’
      • ‘If I'm right, a fresh law jockey might be the ticket.’
      • ‘Being a video jockey has its own problems when it comes to studies.’
      • ‘Jeff Markham is a simple gas jockey with a mysterious, violent past.’
      • ‘‘Song of Rufus’ is the story of schizophrenic boxcar jockey Rufus, a man who follows a trail of music only he can hear.’
      • ‘For many of our local motorcycle jockeys any indicator on at all means it was actually left on by the previous owner in another lifetime!’


[no object]
  • 1Struggle by every available means to gain or achieve something.

    ‘both men will be jockeying for the two top jobs’
    • ‘They certainly seem focused on the needs and aspirations of a real customer, rather than jockeying for celebrity endorsements.’
    • ‘Political, ethnic and religious groups are jockeying for position.’
    • ‘But for now, Sharpton and Moseley Braun are jockeying for position in preparation for the fight to come.’
    • ‘Hands in pockets, they stand around jostling, jockeying for place, small fights breaking out and calming.’
    • ‘Good Earth is so successful it's bulging inside and out, with delivery trucks jockeying for space in the alley and customers from afar lined up to park.’
    • ‘While there is jockeying for control among these clans, the overall effect is for them to sustain one another in power.’
    • ‘Others who have been waiting in the wings will be licking their chops, jockeying for space, for acceptability among the masses.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Beazley is back and jockeying for position.’
    • ‘I passed several filling stations on my way home where the forecourts were jammed with vehicles jockeying for position at the pumps.’
    • ‘If there was a league table in his mind in which politics, the GAA and religion were jockeying for position, they might well land in that order.’
    • ‘Dallas can't afford either to be coughing up points to their Western conference competitors while jockeying for playoff position.’
    • ‘Matt pushed his way to the bar jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Over 170,000 have voted since the poll began on Sunday 20 October and competition is intense with the ten contenders jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Already, local warlords, sensing the Taliban's days are numbered, are jockeying for power.’
    • ‘I can see some editors already jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Powerful members of the Executive Council were jockeying for position to succeed Tung as the next Chief Executive, Cheng claimed.’
    • ‘Mujahideen warlords fought each other, jockeying for power.’
    • ‘As the trade market heats up, the National League East contenders - all five of 'em - are jockeying for position.’
    • ‘We hear endlessly this talk of a power struggle, different factions jockeying for position.’
    • ‘Many powers jockeying for advantage meant shifting alliances and almost constant war.’
    compete, contend, vie
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial Handle or manipulate (someone or something) in a skillful manner.
      ‘Jason jockeyed his machine into a dive’
      • ‘Forget Tom Cruise jockeying his F - 14 Tomcat fighter like a cowboy on amphetamines.’
      • ‘Throttling back I jockeyed my plane to the German's tail and blanketed his port side with fire.’
      • ‘So, are we being exploited twice over by parties who only want to jockey us into voting for them?’
      • ‘It is a competition where the elite use personal connections to jockey their cronies into key positions and thus win power and influence.’
      • ‘He's diminutive enough to jockey a horse, but he's tough enough to wear down a defense.’
      • ‘There will always be oppression, people who jockey themselves into positions to control and exploit others.’
      • ‘We intended to jockey our own luggage and weight was a serious consideration.’
      • ‘You may then be able to jockey your way to victory, or you may be willing or compelled to accept a draw.’
      • ‘They live in Florida, while he jockeys his schedule to get home once a month.’
      • ‘He hummed to himself as he jockeyed the truck alongside the pumps.’
      • ‘He may know how many units he can offer in his effort to jockey someone else into centre position.’
      • ‘You can't buy it in a bottle, hire a custom applicator to put it on or a molecular geneticist to jockey genes for it around in a lab.’
      • ‘It went down like this: In mid-January Darren was jockeying the phones at Atlantic Records on a weeklong temp assignment.’
      • ‘Our pilot, Lt. Glenn Jorgenson, restarted number two and attempted to gain power by jockeying the supercharger controls back and forth.’
      • ‘If jockeying a joystick isn't for you, we've included three of our favorite new books - one for the fan, one for the thinker and one for the kids.’
      manoeuvre, ease, edge, manipulate, work, steer
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Late 16th century: diminutive of Jock. Originally the name for an ordinary man, lad, or underling, the word came to mean ‘mounted courier’, hence the current sense (late 17th century). Another early use ‘horse-dealer’ (long a byword for dishonesty) probably gave rise to the verb sense ‘manipulate’, whereas the main verb sense probably relates to the behavior of jockeys manoeuvring for an advantageous position during a race.