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jostle (verb) push and knock against somebody in a crowd; push others in a crowd to be the first to get to a place or to do something.

When people push one another to be the first to get to a place or to do something, they jostle. People in a crowd jostle to get the best position, for example, to watch something, they push or knock against one another so that they could get the best position. 'People were jostling for the tickets for the movie.' This means that they were pushing against one another to get the tickets. To jostle also means to compete in a crowd for something.

  • As soon as the bus arrived people jostled, everyone in the crowd trying to get first into the bus and secure a seat for themselves. In the process, I was pushed in and found myself a seat.
  • There would be no need for people to jostle if they do not jump the queue. The members of a crowd do not need to push or knock about if everyone waited for their turn in a queue.
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