jockey

During a horse race, the riders are called jockeys. Being a jockey is an excellent career choice for someone small.

Jockeys, usually male, are always small people, weighing less than 120 pounds and generally standing no more than five feet five inches tall. This keeps the horses' total weight light, allowing them to run faster. When jockey is used as a verb, it means "to struggle or compete," like when politicians jockey for dominance or kids jockey to be the first in line for a bouncy house. Jockey was originally a Scottish word for "boy."

Definitions of jockey
  1. noun
    someone employed to ride horses in horse races
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    type of:
    equestrian, horseback rider, horseman
    a man skilled in equitation
  2. noun
    an operator of some vehicle or machine or apparatus
    “he's a truck jockey
    “a computer jockey
    “a disc jockey
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    type of:
    manipulator, operator
    an agent that operates some apparatus or machine
  3. verb
    ride a racehorse as a professional jockey
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    type of:
    horse-race
    compete in a horse race
  4. verb
    compete (for an advantage or a position)
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    type of:
    maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, operate
    perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
  5. verb
    defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    synonyms: cheat, chicane, chouse, screw, shaft
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    type of:
    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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