- to pull or remove abruptly and vigorously: Yank down on the bell rope. He was yanked out of school.
- an abrupt, vigorous pull; jerk.
Origin of yank
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Origin of Yank
Examples from the Web for yank
The book, edited by former Yank magazine art director Art Weithas, featured visual art from the war and was a best seller.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
A caveat: the networks have been known to yank a few before they even make it on the air.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
It was simply, we don't like this piece of art, so we are going to yank your city funding.Offensive Art: Those Were the Days
March 28, 2013
But let's give Lapid the benefit of the doubt, at least before we yank it back.How Yair Lapid's Gambit Ends
March 7, 2013
Embarrassingly, he had to yank the bill from the House floor at the last minute.Fiscal Cliff Countdown: What the Principals Want
December 30, 2012
But I'm goin' to thrash this Yank within an inch of his life; see if I don't.In the Midst of Alarms
Some one has managed to yank the mule back on her hind quarters.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
He figured he had plenty of time because the Yank was crippled.
They had learned from sad experience that any new Yank ship might prove to be deadly.
Without his Yank officer's uniform Stan was at a disadvantage.
- to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug
- a sharp jerking movement; tug
- a slang word for an American
- US informal short for Yankee
Word Origin and History for yank
1822, Scottish, of unknown origin. Related: Yanked; yanking. The noun is 1818 in sense of "sudden blow, cuff."