is this the right verb to describe an action of pushing other people using your own elbows?
I want to use it in a sentence about a jacket: "Well-worn elbows from constant elbowing."
Any other suggestions?
Thanks for your help.
The verb to elbow is used literally -> to push aside with one's elbows; in extended use -> to push through a crowd partially by the use of one's elbows or not using the elbows - figuratively -> to overcome some difficulties by the use of a little force of character and with some disregard for the feelings of others.
However, stylistically,"Well-worn elbows from constant elbowing." is awkward because it repeats the 'elbow' sound, and you need another word to replace one of them.
You have not given any relevant context. If you tell us why you are saying this and in what context the jacket appears, then we will be able to help further.