jockeying for position

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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.
See also: jockey, position

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.
See also: jockey, position
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GlobalPort fortified its lineup as it jockeys for position in the middle of the chart in its last two games in the elims where it tangles with Columbian Dyip Friday then with Barangay Ginebra on July 6.
* There's some hand-wringing over GOP 1st CD wannabe Bruce Crochetiere's abortion rights stance he's for them--as the primary field jockeys for position. As in, he won't win the nod because of that Didn't they say that about Chris Sununu?
The automaker is taking this step as it jockeys for position in one of the last major markets where potential growth remains largely untapped.
Director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said: "We have 40 applications from jockeys for positions with the club."