jockey around(redirected from jockeying around)
1. To maneuver around something, especially in an awkward or ungainly manner. There was only one waiter serving the large table of guests, so he had to keep jockeying around it to bring people their food and serve their drinks. I hate having to jockey around this massive filing cabinet every time I want to get into the storage closet.
2. To shift or maneuver someone or something around. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "jockey" and "around." I had to jockey around a bunch of stuff in the garage in order to fit the new bicycle in. There was a lot of confusion among the festival organizers, and they kept jockeying us around to different stages throughout the day.
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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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.