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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

jockey for position

manoeuvre in order to gain advantage over rivals in a competitive situation.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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And while they jockeyed for position a rider swept swiftly past them.
But five jockeyed for position in spots 50 to 80, including the University of Texas at Austin (second in Texas, 56th overall) and Dallas' Southern Methodist University (61st overall).
ANGELS and superheroes jockeyed for position on a mad dash through a Northumberland village.
While the Jets were forced to sit at home last weekend their BAFL Premier rivals jockeyed for position. The London Blitz maintained their unbeaten record with a 14-7 victory over the third placed Bristol Aztecs.
The veterans, including many timber yachts, made a fine sight as they jockeyed for position at the start in a light south-westerly breeze.
Marks & Spencer jockeyed for position at the top of the FTSE 100 Index today as investors welcomed the news that it would no longer have a presence in the United States.
"The opportunity to acquire one of Manhattan's most significant trophy properties drew interest from institutional and entrepreneurial investors alike, with added fervor supplied by the lending community which aggressively jockeyed for position to provide financing to the prevailing bidder," said Mr.
The popular student pub was filled to the rafters as around 450 Reds' fans jockeyed for position in front of the big screens.
Tickets sold out long ago and, as the crowd jockeyed for position, the Biffy boys committed assault and battery on their guitars.
Shoppers jockeyed for position to get an eyeful of the latest in sexy underwear from designers Triumph International.
EUROPEAN plane maker Airbus says it delivered 31 planes to airlines last month as it jockeyed for position as the world's leading commercial jet builder ahead of American arch rival Boeing.
As Europeans settled in ever larger numbers, the Lesser Antilles became a theater of international conflict, with shifting alliances and warring factions for the next two centuries, as English, French, Spanish, Dutch all jockeyed for position and sometimes enlisted the natives.
In Musical Interlude, two dancers jockeyed for position to gain control of a box, a chair, and a guitar.
True, NBC's Andrea Mitchell once dug her elbow into an offending cameraman's ribs as she jockeyed for position on the White House rose garden colonnade, but that was more or less en famille.
Hundreds of thousands marched against Suharto across the nation yesterday while political leaders jockeyed for position and the military took control of the riot-hit capital.