jockey for position

jockey for position

 
1. Lit. to work one's horse into a desired position in a horse race. Three riders were jockeying for position in the race. Ken was behind, but jockeying for position.
2. . Fig. to work oneself into a desired position. The candidates were jockeying for position, trying to get the best television exposure. I was jockeying for position but running out of campaign money.
See also: jockey, position

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.
See also: jockey, position
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The comparatively latest discovery of the Leviathan gas field in the eastern Mediterranean has caused area powers including Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey to jockey for position.
As the parties jockey for position, there has also been public dissent at Cabinet level with grassroots favourite Vince Cable attacking David Cameron over a speech on immigration.
THEY anxiously jockey for position, know their way around the course.
There is certainly a sense of wheeler dealing as the various leaders jockey for position.
Struzik, a naturalist and journalist, made 11 trips through Alaska and the Arctic to document the profound effects of climate change on the polar region and notes that habitats are being threatened and destroyed while nations jockey for position to exploit newly exposed resources.
The lanes expand and contract with no rhyme or reason (I'm surprised there aren't more prangs as drivers jockey for position as two become three and then four) and the massive number of new traffic lights mean often you're left sitting in tailbacks looking longingly at the clear road ahead.
At bottom, participants jockey for position at the start of the three-mile race.
Classic ads for Irn Bru, Guinness, Hamlet cigars, Volkswagen and Ferrero Rocher jockey for position along with the Gibbs SR toothpaste ad that was the first ever shown on ITV.
While former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Arizona Senator John McCain, and an increasingly crowded field of GOP hopefuls jockey for position in the 2008 presidential primaries, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is taking a different path--but with the same destination in mind.
As free trade ramps up in Central America, the world's superbanks continue to jockey for position.
Teams can jockey for position and fine tune before the league gets under way.
Kenneth Olden eliminated the need to jockey for position by simply extending an invitation to be heard.
Groomed for hours and bedecked in their finest regalia, they whinnie and neigh as they jockey for position.
Most observers expect 2004 to be an exceptionally busy year in Congress as both parties jockey for position before the November elections.
Although the Manhattan office market will continue to be among the top performers in the nation in the long term, the forecast for 2002 is for an inconsistent year as tenants jockey for position in and around the tri-state area.