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Definition of "jostle" []

  • To come in rough contact while moving; push and shove: jostled against the others on the crowded platform. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make one's way by pushing or elbowing: jostled through the guests to the bar. (verb-intransitive)
  • To vie for an advantage or position. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be in close proximity. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pick or try to pick pockets. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jostle" in a sentence
  • "I figure perhaps I can speak a word to jostle him from his entrenched vow to seek revenge."
  • "Once long ago I was in the _Herald_ office with a note to Chaffner the big chief, and I gave him a little word jostle as I passed it over."
  • "The Ottomans were certainly in conflict with Europeans for centuries--they entered the Balkans in the 14th century and they besieged Vienna as recently as 1683; but they certainly did not "jostle" the Crusaders for centuries."