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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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Injuries sustained by professional jockeys during their careers is the focus in the first part of the study and so far 75 retired jumps jockeys and 40 retired Flat jockeys have filled in questionnaires for use by the research team.
Come to think of it, there are actually some fine female jockeys on the scene today.
Silvestre de Sousa, crowned champion Flat jockey for the first time, won the corresponding Lester, while 17-year-old Tom Marquand was Apprentice of the Year.
Betfair have found that the average flat jockey rides 220 races per year, while the average jump jockey takes to the saddle for 162 rides a year.
The Apprentice Jockey of the Year award went to Amy Ryan, the winner of the 2012 Apprentice Championship.
Installation of new flooring and the painting of all jockey rooms;
Jockey investigation: A quarter horse jockey is under investigation for allegedly using an electronic buzzer on his horse during the second race Sunday at Fairplex in Pomona.
We would only take action against a jockey who failed to take a ride for which he was booked.
The novel has a timely focus, considering the recent attention given to jockeys like Jimmy Winkfield and to the racism that still exists in the world of horse racing today.
The working group, under the chairmanship of the Jockey Club's licensing steward Michael Henriques, includes representatives of jockeys, trainers, the BHB and the British Racing School.
Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper announced: "After discussions with the British Horseracing Board and Jockey Club, it has been agreed by all parties to abandon Sunday's race meeting.
The row erupted when the Jockey Club banned jockeys from using their mobile phone on racetracks in the wake of a high-profile corruption court case which revealed that privileged information was being passed by phone.
The Jockey Club, which regulates horse racing, denies weight is an issue and blamed elitism for the decline in national hunt jockeys instead.
The Greater Manchester Police linked at least one big-name jockey to Chinese organised crime.
has entered into a licensing agreement with Jockey International, Inc.