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bench jockey

In US baseball slang, a coach or player who berates or derides the umpire or opposing players from his team's dugout bench. In this usage, "jockey," the rider of a race horse, refers to "riding someone," which commonly means to harass or ridicule a person. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I wish you wouldn't be such a bench jockey at our games!
See also: bench, jockey

desk jockey

A worker who spends the majority of their time seated at a desk. Humorously likened to the jockey of a horse. I was breaking my back working construction for five years before I finally got a job as a desk jockey at the local bank. I feel sorry for all those desk jockeys trapped inside for eight hours a day.
See also: desk, jockey

jockey around

to move around as if trying to get into a special position. I spent most of the movie jockeying around, trying to get comfortable. She always has to jockey around a bit when she is getting into a parking place.
See also: around, jockey

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 someone or something into position

to manage to get someone or something into a desirable position. (See also jockey for position.) The rider jockeyed his horse into position. Try to jockey your bicycle into position so you can pass the others.
See also: jockey, position

jockey something around

to maneuver something around; to manage something. We had to jockey our bikes around a number of stalled cars. We jockeyed around a few can to make room for the bus in the parking lot.
See also: around, jockey

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

jockey for position

If someone jockeys for position, they try to get into a better position or situation than people they are competing against. Reporters with their cameras jockeyed for position. Some presenters are already jockeying for position to see who will read the new Six O'Clock News. Note: Jockeying for position is also used as a noun. There was a constant jockeying for position between the superpowers. Note: The image here is of jockeys (= riders of race horses) trying to get their horses into the best position at the beginning of a race.
See also: jockey, position

jockey for position

manoeuvre in order to gain advantage over rivals in a competitive situation.
See also: jockey, position

bench jockey

n. a player who sits on the bench and calls out advice. The coach told all the bench jockeys to shut up.
See also: bench, jockey

desk jockey

n. someone who works at a desk in an office. (Patterned on disk jockey.) I couldn’t stand being a cooped-up desk jockey.
See also: desk, jockey

disk jockey

and deejay and disc jockey and DJ
n. a radio announcer who introduces music from phonograph records. (see also veejay.) The disk jockey couldn’t pronounce the name of the singing group.
See also: jockey

disc jockey

See also: disc, jockey


n. an addictive drug. (Drugs. Because such a drug rides one like a jockey rides a horse.) That jockey rode her for years.

lawn jockey

A derogatory term for an African-American. A traditional feature of a Southern front yard was a statue of a diminutive black man painted in the colors of horseracing silks. His hand was outstretched, as if to hitch a horse's reins (the hand often ended in a ring for just that purpose). As an expression connoting subservience in the sense of “slave” or “mascot,” “lawn jockey” deserved to be consigned to the linguistic scrap heap.
See also: jockey, lawn
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Any retired jockeys who have not already completed a questionnaire but would be willing to help are being urged to contact the research team by calling 01865 233407 or 07470 911037, or by emailing thejockeystudy@ndorms.
WHAT a splendid achievement by former Olympic cyclist-turned jockey Victoria Pendleton to finish fifth in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
It was presented to him in place of the traditional Lester for his Stobart Jump Jockey of the Year award.
Online bookmaker Betfair recognise what it takes to be a jockey, and have created National Jockey Day to raise awareness of the thousands of jockeys across the country - from the household names to the less well known journeymen.
McCoy won both the At The Races Jump Ride of the Year for his performance aboard Synchronised in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, and was also named Stobart Jump Jockey of the Year for a 16th time.
Des O'Keefe, Executive Officer for the Victorian Jockeys' Association congratulated the Coalition Government for its on-going recognition of the role performed by jockeys.
After grooming horses for trainers Mary Lou Tuck and John Gosden, the 5-foot-1, 105-pounder was persuaded by agent Alex Procel to try to be a jockey.
However, JAGB chief executive John Blake said the association would support any jockeys who do decide to take rides.
But Samuel's natural love of horses and ambition to become a jockey is so fervent he risks his own life to save the horses from the abuse of the new trainer and from One Arm, the leader of a band of raiders determined to steal Master Giles' thoroughbreds.
The working group will examine "ways in which professional jockeys can achieve a better work/life balance in light of the demands placed on them by today's busy racing schedule".
Sandown was targeted by the jockeys as it is owned by the Racecourse Holdings Trust, which is a subsidiary of the Jockey Club.
Last-ditch talks to avert the crisis broke down yesterday and when 60 horses were declared for the fixture at the Esher track, not enough jockeys could be found to ride them.
Sixty horses were declared but not enough jockeys could be found to ride them even though the deadline was extended by an hour and a half.
They claim older jockeys are having to quit because they cannot shed enough pounds to make the weight.
RACING chiefs snubbed a request from police to co-fund a probe into Triad links to jockeys and trainers.