1. (US Und., also jocky) to trick, to defraud [one ‘rides’ the victim in a required direction].
|Contrast III i: Why, says I, no man shall jocky me out of my money.|
|Vocab. 119: The verb to jockey, signifying ’to cheat, to trick’.|
|Salisbury & Winchester Jrnl 8 June 3: All the folks in Lunnun was laughing in their sleeves at the Wiltshire johnny Raws getting jockied at that rate by Wellesley.|
|N.-Y. American 12 Aug. 2/6: It is said the fellows employed in setting up the pins [in a crooked ten-pins alley], by means of lines attached to them, could pull them down at their pleasure, and thus enable their masters to ‘jockey the natives’.|
|Paul Pry 30 Sept. 180/2: Theobald might have jockied the Jockey–club, but he will not us.|
|City of the Saints 406: The Mormons, it is said, ‘jockeyed’ them out of the rich and fertile Cache Valley.|
|Mohawks III 299: We’ve jockeyed the ghost, I think.|
|Super Sports [Internet] He had quite a rep around the league for not letting a little jockeying bother him.‘Power the Ball Platewards’ in|
2. to do a job of work.
|I Can Get It For You Wholesale 96: Why should I be jockeying their bundles?|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 131: Florek shrugged. ‘I’ll jockey the drinks.’ [...] ‘Okay, boy,’ said Stefanos. ‘Get an apron.’.|
3. (US black/teen) to drink.
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 101: I didn’t pay a buck-and-a-half just to watch you jockey a bottle in the craphouse.|
4. (US) to drive a vehicle, to pilot a plane.
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 68: We [...] got into her little car and she started it and jockeyed it around without lights and drove it back up the hill.|
|(con. 1910s) Hoods (1953) 50: Cockeye took out his hack license [...] he jockies one of his brother’s cabs.|
|Teen-Age Mafia 28: Marge [...] jockeyed the Jag along streets that grew more and more narrow.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 12: He began teaching him how to jockey the cabs and limos around the cabstand’s parking lot.|
5. to work someone hard.
|Murder Me for Nickels (2004) 131: He jockeyed the combo till they looked ready to drop.|
(US) to move from place to place, job to job.
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 29: A very capable hook from Baltimore jockeyed around with one mob and then another.|
|Q&A 137: I lose money doing that. I’m better off jockeying around, drumming up new cases.|