jostle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jostle come into rough contact with while moving "The passengers jostled each other in the overcrowded train"
    • v jostle make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving "We had to jostle our way to the front of the platform"
    • n jostle the act of jostling (forcing your way by pushing)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jostle A conflict by collisions; a crowding or bumping together; interference. "The jostle of South African nationalities and civilization."
    • v. i Jostle To push; to crowd; to hustle. "None jostle with him for the wall."
    • v. t Jostle To run against and shake; to push out of the way; to elbow; to hustle; to disturb by crowding; to crowd against. "Bullies jostled him.""Systems of movement, physical, intellectual, and moral, which are perpetually jostling each other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jostle To push against; crowd against so as to render unsteady; elbow; hustle.
    • jostle To check.
    • jostle To hustle; shove and be shoved about, as in a crowd.
    • n jostle A pushing about or crowding; a shock or encounter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Jostle jos′l to joust or strike against: to drive against.
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.”
  • William Blake
    William%20Blake
    “Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “The best way will be to avoid each other without appearing to do so -- or if we jostle, at any rate not to bite.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A dim. of joust, just, v. See Joust, and cf. Justle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Freq. of joust.

Usage

In literature:

My thoughts jostle one another out of all shape, like the women in that last crush after the flag-presentation.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
Shall one herring, then, blame his fellow if his fellow jostle him?
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Not doom'd to jostle with ... 1807.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. II." by William Wordsworth
He was jostled by the holiday shoppers in crowded aisles.
"The Gate of the Giant Scissors" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The man who had jostled him was speaking to them angrily, but Billy could not catch the words.
"The Long Shadow" by B. M. Bower
Barbara, Roger, Algy, a hundred confused ideas of pain and dismay jostle each other in my head.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
Not for a king's ransom would I have thus jostled thee in such unseemly haste!
"Two Little Knights of Kentucky" by Annie Fellows Johnston
They jostled you on sidewalks without begging pardon.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Sisily found herself walking along Holborn, where the thickening crowds jostled her as she walked.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
They cursed the flames, cursed the sea, cursed their own brothers and sisters who jostled them.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
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In poetry:

Life - Pent, overflowing
Stoops and façades,
Jostling, pushing, contriving,
Seething as in a great vat…
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
Sound met sound in the wavy air—
That made a little to-do!
They jostled not long, but were quick and fair;
Each found its path and flew.
"Lessons For A Child" by George MacDonald
I am not strong or valiant,
I would not join the fight
Or jostle with crowds in the highways
To sully my garments white;
But I have rights as a woman, and here I claim my right.
"My Right" by Susan Coolidge
O, too long I walked
In that thrice-sifted air that princes breathe,
Nor felt the heaven-wide jostling of the winds
And all the ancient outlawry of earth!
Now let me breathe and see.
"Vesalius In Zante" by Edith Wharton
Or, in the jostling crowd, to slip, and fall, and see,
How many men will scoff at your adversity,
And though your heart may ache, you must not shed a tear,
But plan, and push, and work, and smother all your fear.
"Advice To An Ambitious Youth" by John Henry Kimble
And she hurried back, as snow fell, mixed with rain,
To mingle among the crowds again,
To jostle beneath blue lamps along the street;
And lost herself in the warm bright coiling dream,
With a sound of murmuring voices and shuffling feet.
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 04:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Jostling for the Wi-Fi Lead in a Crowded Field.
Jostling and Stumbling Toward a Fateful 15 Minutes.
In this Saturday, July 23, 2005 file photo, fishermen crowd together as they jostle for position on the Kenai River in Kenai, Alaska.
Rennie's fifth-place squad locks horns with third-place Sounders as rivals jostle for top half of Western Conference.
He then hopped into the truck as the pothole simulator jolted and jostled.
Jostling through crowds of Germans and tourists in the.
Jostling in the 2016 race already.
They strike me as a prolonged pretext for public vomiting, what with all the suds and the sun and the jostling.
Doctors are worried if the rib gets jostled before it heals it can cause internal bleeding.
Queues began forming outside the mansion in Toluca Lake, California before sunrise as hundreds jostled to get their hands on pieces of items from Hope's house.
Especially during mating season, when they use their sharp horns to jostle over female deer companionship.
When the Giants face the Falcons on Sunday, there will be high stakes for both teams as they jostle for postseason positioning.
Black Friday began with a jolt as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake jostled parts of South Jersey just after midnight.
Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy will meet in Carson, California on Saturday as they jostle for position in the Western Conference.
VIOLENCE Squidlike creatures perform several squishy killings, but other than jostlings and a couple of unpleasant views of the not-so- recently departed, there is little violence by current action-film standards.
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In science:

In the meantime ground and balloon-based missions are jostling to accelerate our learning curve by providing maps at high angular resolution on small patches of the sky (up to a few degrees large).
Statistical Challenges of Cosmic Microwave Background Analysis
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