clean and jerk


noun Weightlifting.

a lift in which a barbell is raised from the floor to shoulder height where it is brought to rest and then, with a lunging movement by the lifter, is thrust overhead so the arms extend straight in the air, being held in this position for a short, specified length of time.

Nearby words

  1. claytonia,
  2. clc,
  3. cld.,
  4. clea,
  5. clean,
  6. clean as a whistle,
  7. clean bill of health,
  8. clean breast,
  9. clean eating,
  10. clean energy

Origin of clean and jerk

First recorded in 1935–40

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