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Yank

[yangk] /yæŋk/
noun, adjective, Informal.
1.
Origin of Yank
1770-1780
1770-80, Americanism; shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for most-yank

yank

/jæŋk/
verb
1.
to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug
noun
2.
a sharp jerking movement; tug
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

Yank

/jæŋk/
noun
1.
a slang word for an American
2.
(US, informal) short for Yankee
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Word Origin and History for most-yank

yank

v.

1822, Scottish, of unknown origin. Related: Yanked; yanking. The noun is 1818 in sense of "sudden blow, cuff."

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Slang definitions & phrases for most-yank

yank

verb

To victimize or harass; dupe; mislead: The detective uses expressions like ''You gotta be yankin' me''

[1970s+; an alteration and shortening of yank someone's chain or jerk someone around or jack someone around]

Yank

noun

  1. A US citizen; an American: inquiring after the ''Yank'' and swearing to have his life (1778+)
  2. AUS soldier: Some Tommies resented the Yanks for being overpaid (WWI British army)

[a shortening fr Yankee for both senses]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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