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[yurk] /yɜrk/ Chiefly British Dialect
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)
6.
to kick.
7.
to rise suddenly.
8.
to enter into something eagerly.
noun
9.
a kick or jerk.
10.
a thud or blow, as from a stick.
Origin of yerk
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < ?
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  • But an I get the first yerk of a chield, I'm no unco feared for his return.

  • 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.

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