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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 aside

1. To push, shove, or elbow someone to one side. A noun or a pronoun can be used between "jostle" and "aside." Please don't jostle aside the other customers—wait your turn like everyone else. Some jerk kept jostling people aside as he made his way to the front of the crowd.
2. To take by force the prominent position previously held by someone or some group. A noun or a pronoun can be used between "jostle" and "aside." The country has jostled aside the dominant nations over the years to become the most powerful economy in the world. The environment is jostling the jobless rate aside as the topic most hotly debated by campaigning politicians.
See also: aside, jostle

jostle with (someone or something)

1. To struggle, wrestle, or grapple with someone or some group. The bouncer jostled with the unruly customer, eventually managing to throw him out into the alley behind the bar. I hate having to jostle with big crowds, so I usually travel to places in their off season.
2. To compete or contend with someone or some group in order to attain some benefit, advantage, or position. I'd love that promotion, but I know I'll be jostling with about 10 other people in our department to get it. The small kingdom has been jostling with three other nations for control over the region.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

jostle someone around

to push or knock someone around. Please don't jostle me around. Don't jostle around everyone!
See also: around, jostle

jostle someone aside

to push or nudge someone aside. Poor little Timmy was jostled aside by the crowd every time he got near the entrance. The big kids jostled aside all the little ones.
See also: aside, jostle

jostle with someone

to struggle with someone. Andy jostled with Fred for access to the door. Timmy and Bobby jostled with one another while they were waiting to get in.
See also: jostle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Jostler: It's quite obvious that [Sat-TV] learned how long it would take us to find a hack.
However, she was run down by The Jostler, who came with a strong run only for her to be collared near the line by Desert Chill, who seems to be progressing and is well suited by fast ground.
Charlie Hills, assistant to Barry Hills, trainer of The Jostler
HIGH STANDING, who rounded off last season with two wins on the all-weather, picked up where he left off by completing his hat-trick under Jamie Spencer in the 7f handicap, the 2-1 shot picking up well from off the pace to beat The Jostler by a length and a half.
Charles Hills, assistant to Barry Hills, trainer of The Jostler
The two-year-old maiden went to Michael Hills on his father Barry's Dansili filly The Jostler, who quickened away in the final furlong to win by two lengths from Ochoa.
After he finally settled down for GNI as his choice as successor out of a motley crew of jostlers, everyone around started seeing and addressing GNI as 'Your Excellency' People had started currying favours from, and worming themselves into GNI's heart.
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Luckily on our visit, by the time we made it to the counter, it began to rain, allowing us the added excuse of lingering over a feast of seafood and eCyvino tintoeCO until the wet weather passed - much to the distress of the hungry jostlers behind us!
But it did help restore the belief that the Blues belong to the tightly-bunched mid-table pack of jostlers, rather than the basement strugglers they have slipped closer and closer to over Christmas.