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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.
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Origin of clean and jerk

First recorded in 1935–40
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