If she were in a panic, or terrified, or jerked awake during a fire, she would not remember how to produce those American sounds.
While Roth is clearly annoyed at being "jerked around," others say it might make sense for Lautner to book projects fast.
At ABC, their ribald cop show, The Job, was jerked around the schedule before finally being canceled in 2002 after two seasons.
He jerked the window up with such force that it jammed after having opened only five inches.
The guard shoved him against the wall, jerked his hands behind him and handcuffed him.
He jerked up on the reins with a curse and drove in the spurs.
He's jerked out of your life and you will go lame the rest of your life for all you know.
The bed coverings had been jerked off and flung over the back of a chair.
I felt the rope cutting my waist as Sim jerked and tugged at it with all his strength.
At my cry of distress Sam suddenly looked up and jerked the mule's head so that he, too, stopped and regarded me.
"to pull," 1540s, "to lash, strike as with a whip," of uncertain origin, perhaps echoic. Related: Jerked; jerking.
as a method of preserving meat, 1707, American English, from American Spanish carquear, from charqui (see jerky). Related: Jerked.
1550s, "stroke of a whip," from jerk (v.1). Sense of "sudden sharp pull or twist" first recorded 1570s. Meaning "involuntary spasmodic movement of limbs or features" first recorded 1805. As the name of a popular dance, it is attested from 1966. Sense in soda jerk attested from 1883, from the pulling motion required to work the taps.
"tedious and ineffectual person," 1935 (the lyric in "Big Rock Candy Mountain" apparently is "Where they hung the Turk [not jerk] that invented work"), American English carnival slang, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from jerkwater town (1878), where a steam locomotive crew had to take on boiler water from a trough or a creek because there was no water tank [Barnhart, OED]. This led 1890s to an adjectival use of jerk as "inferior, insignificant." Alternatively, or influenced by, verbal phrase jerk off "masturbate" [Rawson].
jerk 1 (jûrk)
v. jerked, jerk·ing, jerks
To make spasmodic motions. n.
A sudden reflexive or spasmodic muscular movement. See deep reflex.
jerks Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.
: a couple of jerk wops
jerk off (1940s+)
[the derogatory term comes fr jerk off, ''masturbate''; the form soda jerker is found by 1883]