verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM jerkjerker, nounjerk·ing·ly, adverb
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verb (used with object)
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Example sentences from the Web for jerk
Today, more than two decades after I arrived here in that rental van, this allegiance manifests as knee-jerk defensiveness when others take shots at California.
In a container, liquid can be levitated over a layer of gas by shaking the container up and down because the repeated, upward jerking motion keeps fluid from dripping into the air below.Toy boats float upside down underneath a layer of levitated liquid|Maria Temming|September 2, 2020|Science News
That would be a heartbreaking experience for anyone to go through, and I’m so sorry that this jerk betrayed your trust like that.Social Media Feels Increasingly Toxic. What Do I Do?|Blair Braverman|August 29, 2020|Outside Online
Make the jerk bleed for your bike and they’re far less likely to bother at all.
Bill Gates was widely considered to come off like an evasive jerk in his testimony at the time … Which means he is now perfectly positioned to help Jeff Bezos learn from his mistakes in the Amazon titan’s first appearance before Congress.Advice for Jeff Bezos on testifying before Congress from me, the totally real Bill Gates|Sarah Todd|July 27, 2020|Quartz
You write a lot about how you were a jerk or a snob when it came to comedy or film.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You cannot perform or externalize your vanity as overtly as Bieber did without again emphasizing to the world you are a jerk.
If he had a bad experience working with me, I was probably a jerk.Co-Stars Who Hated Each Other: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' and More|Marlow Stern|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, you know, I think Suey Park falls pretty far on the “jerk” end of the scale.An Ode to Angry Asians: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Suey Park|Arthur Chu|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, pot is practically legal these days, while being a jerk at the Anne Frank museum is still highly frowned upon.Should Beyoncé Have Instagrammed From the Anne Frank House?|Amy Zimmerman|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As soon as Welcome could jerk the pin loose, he whirled and stumped furiously back in the direction of Chub and Penny.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends|Stanley R. Matthews
"Wimmen are kind by natur," said the sailor, shutting his jackknife with a jerk, the only sign of impatience yet visible.Silent Struggles|Ann S. Stephens
I followed him down a curving path, and at a turn he gave his head a jerk over his right shoulder.Brownsmith's Boy|George Manville Fenn
She raised her head with a jerk; he saw the fear of himself in her eyes—and knew.Tiny Luttrell|Ernest William Hornung
Suddenly the car stopped with a jerk right in the middle of the road.Men in War|Andreas Latzko