To elbow one's way

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To elbow one's way to force one's way by pushing with the elbows; as, to elbow one's way through a crowd.
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Usage

In literature:

It was not easy to elbow one's way through the packed little space.
"Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed" by Edna Ferber
In the forenoon it is difficult to elbow one's way through the crowded thoroughfares.
"The Mediterranean" by T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
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In news:

In some ways, it's reminiscent of the 1980s, when competing black Democrats, some who couldn't stand one another, got in elbowing matches to stand closest to black presidential candidate Jesse Jackson.
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