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yerk

[yurk]Chiefly British Dialect
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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or whip.
  2. to stir up; arouse; excite.
  3. to jerk.
  4. to move (a part of one's body) with a jerk.
  5. to pull (stitches) tight or bind tightly.
verb (used without object)
  1. to kick.
  2. to rise suddenly.
  3. to enter into something eagerly.
noun
  1. a kick or jerk.
  2. a thud or blow, as from a stick.

Origin of yerk

1400–50; late Middle English < ?
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Examples from the Web for yerk

Historical Examples

  • But an I get the first yerk of a chield, I'm no unco feared for his return.

    The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    James Hogg

  • But Whiffle never could acquit Yerk of having been, directly or indirectly, the cause of his suffering from the impure shower.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • George bit his lip, scratched his head with the awl, and gave the lingles such a yerk, that he made them both crack in two.