to strike or whip.
to stir up; arouse; excite.
to move (a part of one's body) with a jerk.
to pull (stitches) tight or bind tightly.
to rise suddenly.
to enter into something eagerly.
a kick or jerk.
a thud or blow, as from a stick.
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How to use yerk in a sentence
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.The Shepherd's Calendar | James Hogg
Crack on, Mr yerk, and let us overhaul this small swaggerer.Tom Cringle's Log | Michael Scott
But an I get the first yerk of a chield, I'm no unco feared for his return.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3) | James Hogg
Ship aboard of us for Noo yerk, and if that dont make a man of yoo, call me small pumpkins arterwards.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) | Richard Doddridge Blackmore
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