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yank

[yangk]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to pull or remove abruptly and vigorously: Yank down on the bell rope. He was yanked out of school.
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noun
  1. an abrupt, vigorous pull; jerk.
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Origin of yank

First recorded in 1810–20; origin uncertain

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1. pluck, tug, tear.

Yank

[yangk]
noun, adjective Informal.
  1. Yankee.
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Origin of Yank

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for yank

yank

verb
  1. to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug
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noun
  1. a sharp jerking movement; tug
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

Yank

noun
  1. a slang word for an American
  2. US informal short for Yankee
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Word Origin and History for yank

v.

1822, Scottish, of unknown origin. Related: Yanked; yanking. The noun is 1818 in sense of "sudden blow, cuff."

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