Yank meaning

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To yank is defined as to pull sharply or jerk.

An example of yank is to pull the cord to start a lawnmower.

An example of yank is to suddenly take a goalie out of the soccer game.

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To pull with a quick, strong movement; jerk.

Yanked the emergency cord.

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To pull on something suddenly.
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To extract or remove abruptly.

Yanked the starting pitcher early in the game.

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A sudden vigorous pull; a jerk.
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A Yankee.
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A sudden, strong pull; jerk.
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To jerk.
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A Yankee; esp., a U.S. soldier in World Wars I and II.
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A sudden, vigorous pull (sometimes defined as mass times jerk, or rate of change of force).
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To pull something with a quick, strong action.
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They yanked the product as soon as they learned it was unsafe.

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(US) A Yankee, a Northerner: someone from the Northern United States.
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(sometimes pejorative) A Yankee, an American: someone from the United States.
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The definition of a Yank is a Yankee meaning someone from the north of the U.S., from the northeast U.S. or sometimes just from the U.S.

An example of a Yank is someone fighting for the north during the Civil War.

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Origin of yank

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Attested since 1822 CE; from Scots. Unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Yankee.

    From Wiktionary