Meaning of jockey

jock•ey

Pronunciation: ( jok'ē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -eys, -eyed, -ey•ing.
—n.
  1. a person who rides horses professionally in races.
  2. a person who pilots, operates, or guides the movement of something, as an airplane or automobile.
—v.t.
  1. to ride (a horse) as a jockey.
  2. to operate or guide the movement of; pilot; drive.
  3. to move, bring, put, etc., by skillful maneuvering: The movers jockeyed the sofa through the door.
  4. to trick or cheat: The salesman jockeyed them into buying an expensive car.
  5. to manipulate cleverly or trickily: He jockeyed himself into office.
—v.i.
  1. to aim at an advantage by skillful maneuvering.
  2. to act trickily; seek an advantage by trickery.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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