jockey for position
Meaning: If you jockey for position, you try to get yourself in a good position in relation to others who're competing for the same opportunity or the same goal.
- Several of us are jockeying for position as we negotiate with the manager for the job of running the new branch office.
- Four candidates will jockey for position in the run-up to the Democratic convention next month.
Variety: This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.