- Informal. insignificant and out-of-the-way: a jerkwater town.
- (formerly) off the main line: a jerkwater train.
- (formerly) a train not running on the main line.
Origin of jerkwater
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Examples from the Web for jerkwater
He's never been out of a jerkwater burg in his life, hardly.Free Air
They came from Chicago and jerkwater towns in Nebraska, from farms and steel mills, from the stage and the pulpit.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
He'd make more dough if he owned the local garage and dealer franchise for one of the automobile companies in some jerkwater town.The Common Man
Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
- US and Canadian slang inferior and insignificanta jerkwater town
C19: originally referring to railway locomotives for which water was taken on in buckets from streams along the route
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