jostle around

jostle around

1. To shake, knock, or rattle against one another within some space. Make sure those bottles are all secured tightly. I don't want them jostling around during transit. We all jostled around in the back of the van as it wound back and forth along the mountain road.
2. To push, knock, or rattle someone or something around. In this usage, a noun or a pronoun can be used between "jostle" and "around." Now, make sure you don't jostle around the stuff inside this container, or it could explode! Various protestors and reporters kept jostling me around as I tried to make my way to the courtroom.
3. To exist in a fleeting, chaotic, or inchoate manner, especially within one's mind. I've had the idea for a novel jostling around in my head for the last couple of years, but I've never sat down to start writing it. Memories of the previous night jostled around in a hungover blur.
See also: around, jostle

jostle someone around

to push or knock someone around. Please don't jostle me around. Don't jostle around everyone!
See also: around, jostle
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In comparison, the males seemed lost, consumed by frippery and content to jostle around, whooping and high-fiving, oblivious to their female companions' plight.
In comparison, the males seem lost, consumed by frippery and all too content to jostle around, whooping and highfiving, oblivious to the plight of their female companions.
He lets this knowledge jostle around. He pits incongruities against each other.
We jostle around our conceptions of the world and the reality to perceive a Universalized idea of art.
A flurry of activity then ensues, with lines forming in front of the two microwaves, the toaster oven being filled with bread to warm, frantic searches for the "real" forks, and many "excuse me's" as we jostle around the table in the center of the room.