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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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Among those battling it out for top honours on the 2014 shortlists, Tony McCoy faces fellow nominees for Jump Jockey of the Year Richard Johnson, Tom O'Brien and Noel Fehily.
Sometimes there is little understanding of the gruelling regimes, focused minds and honed physical prowess of jockeys, who make a living taming one of the most powerful creatures on land, frequently reaching speeds of up to 40mph.
The serious injuries suffered by Limerick jockey JT McNamara and Antrim jockey Jonjo Bright were a stark reminder of the risks jockeys face every day.
PERENNIAL champion jockey Tony McCoy was once again the star of the show at the Lesters last night as he picked up two more awards to take his overall tally to 20.
O'Neill has named Martinez to ride Areyoutalkintome in Sunday's Potrero Grand Handicap at Santa Anita, replacing Patrick Valenzuela, the track's top 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, led by Philip Robinson, as it is owned by the Racecourse Holdings Trust, which is a subsidiary of the Jockey Club.
David Morris, the track's managing director, said: "Due to these exceptional circumstances, the board having been satisfied that there is not a reasonable likelihood of other jockeys being available, both understandably and regrettably, the decision has been taken to abandon the meeting.
The fact that the number of professional jump jockeys has been in decline in recent years is no secret and has been publicised and discussed quite openly,'' Maxse said.
The revelation - made in tonight's BBC1 Panorama programme - raises doubts over the ability of the Jockey Club to keep the sport clean.
Jockeys' Guild member jockeys join the Guild's national manager, Terry Meyocks (at podium in rear, with green tie), in asking Churchill Downs Inc.
Just cut out the names and information of the horses, jockeys and trainers and put them into a hat.
The event, which celebrates the achievements of jockeys from Britain and overseas, took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole in front of over 450 sporting stars, celebrities and guests.