jockey for position

jockey for position

1. Literally, to move one's horse into a good or ideal position while racing. He's jockeying for position, but I don't think he'll finish higher than third.
2. To compete against others for a desirable role or thing. With the CEO retiring, everyone in management is jockeying for position The more outgoing kids started jockeying for position as soon as the class took the stage.
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jockeying for position

The act of competing against others for a desirable role or thing. This jockeying for position needs to stop—the CEO has already chosen his successor.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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jockey for position

manoeuvre in order to gain advantage over rivals in a competitive situation.
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jockey for position, to

To maneuver or manipulate, to further one’s own interest. The verb to jockey has meant to gain an advantage through adroit maneuvering from about 1700 or so. To jockey for position was used literally (meaning to maneuver a racehorse) in the early twentieth century and was only transferred to other endeavors about 1950. The London Times had it in 1955, “Lawyers jockeying for position to appear before the right judge.”
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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. Syria and Lebanon have accused Israel of intent to steal the Lebanese quota, while Israel and Cyprus signed a contract to make the most of resources in waters between their coasts: that deal stoked the rage of Ankara, as the northern occupied portion of Cyprus, which only Turkey recognizes, was not part of the consultations.
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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.
There is certainly a sense of wheeler dealing as the various leaders jockey for position.
As the main parties jockey for position with competing plans for public spending cuts, the Liberal Democrats yesterday proposed a bonfire of Whitehall ministries.
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.