jostling


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jos·tle

 (jŏs′əl)
v. jos·tled, jos·tling, jos·tles
v.intr.
1. To come in rough contact while moving; push and shove: jostled against the others on the crowded platform.
2. To make one's way by pushing or elbowing: jostled through the guests to the bar.
3. To vie for an advantage or position: jostled with several others for the job.
v.tr.
1. To come into rough contact with while moving: messengers who jostle pedestrians on the sidewalk.
2. To force by pushing or elbowing: jostled my way through the mob.
3. To vie with for an advantage or position: jostled a major shareholder for control of the business.
4. To shake or agitate: jostled the bag of food, and the dog came running.
n.
A rough shove or agitating movement.

[Middle English justilen, to have sexual relations with, frequentative of justen, to joust, from Old French juster; see joust.]

jos′tler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jostling - the act of jostling (forcing your way by pushing)jostling - the act of jostling (forcing your way by pushing)
shove - the act of shoving (giving a push to someone or something); "he gave the door a shove"
elbowing - jostling with the elbows; "elbowing is a foul in basketball"
Translations

jostling

[ˈdʒɒslɪŋ]
1. adj (crowd) → che spinge
2. npigia pigia m
References in classic literature ?
We have all heard of King Log; but, in these jostling times, one of that royal kindred will hardly win the race for an elective chief-magistracy.
They ran from room to room unnecessarily, and lost time and patience in jostling each other on the stairs.
The rough, irregular stones of the street, pointing every way, and designed, one might have thought, expressly to lame all living creatures that approached them, had dammed it into little pools; these were surrounded, each by its own jostling group or crowd, according to its size.
And back of them came a great crowd of the spectators pushing and jostling in their efforts to come nearer.
Even if you had completed your third year in the Pentagonal and Hexagonal classes in the University, and were perfect in the theory of the subject, you would still find that there was need of many years of experience, before you could move in a fashionable crowd without jostling against your betters, whom it is against etiquette to ask to "feel", and who, by their superior culture and breeding, know all about your movements, while you know very little or nothing about theirs.
There were really, I should think, two or three hundred people elbowing and jostling one an- other, the one or two ladies there being by no means the least active.
On this occasion the jostling of the streets irritated me more than ever, I could not make out what was wrong with me, I could not find the clue, something seemed rising up continually in my soul, painfully, and refusing to be appeased.
As we dashed, unregarded, alongside a voice let out one, only one hoarse howl of command, and then, just as they stood, without caps, with the salt drying gray in the wrinkles and folds of their hairy, haggard faces, blinking stupidly at us their red eyelids, they made a bolt away from the handles, tottering and jostling against each other, and positively flung themselves over upon our very heads.
As we slowly advanced up the bay, numerous canoes pushed off from the surrounding shores, and we were soon in the midst of quite a flotilla of them, their savage occupants struggling to get aboard of us, and jostling one another in their ineffectual attempts.
All about, coming and going round the little flames, men cried for oil, or grain, or sweetmeats, or tobacco, jostling one another while they waited their turn at the well; and under the men's voices you heard from halted, shuttered carts the high squeals and giggles of women whose faces should not be seen in public.
The stream is shrunk--the pool is dry, And we be comrades, thou and I; With fevered jowl and dusty flank Each jostling each along the bank; And by one drouthy fear made still, Forgoing thought of quest or kill.
Only one of those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have four million human beings all jostling each other within the space of a few square miles.