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yank 1

Pronunciation: /yaNGk/
informal

verb

[with object]
Pull with a jerk: her hair was yanked, and she screamed [with object]: he yanked her to her feet [no object]: Liz yanked at her arm
More example sentences
  • Two steps and he was at my side, his hand wrapped in my hair, yanking my face up to him.
  • He grabbed the back of my head, weaving his fingers in my hair and then yanked my head up.
  • As Jimmy reached me, he pulled my hair, yanking my head back as he placed the gun to my neck.

noun

[in singular]
A sudden hard pull: one of the other girls gave her ponytail a yank
More example sentences
  • Brion pulled him up with a swift yank and continued to walk as if nothing had happened.
  • After yet more threats and a hard yank on the arm she walked out of her cell and was led to the Ceremony Room.
  • A sudden yank and that temporary feeling was gone, she was back on the bed in a daze.
Synonyms

Origin

Late 18th century (as a Scots word in the sense 'sudden sharp blow'): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with yank

ankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, embank, flank, franc, frank, hank, lank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, thank

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Syllabification: yank

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There are 2 main definitions of yank in English:

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Yank 2

Pronunciation: /yaNGk/

noun

1chiefly derogatory A person who lives in, or is from, the US.
Example sentences
  • The American at home is the opposite of the Yank abroad: helpful, charming and painfully sincere.
  • Help Britain keep up with America; as usual, the Yanks got her first after our A & R men refused her a deal.
  • It's like the Yanks and the Canadians - not much love lost there.
2US another term for Yankee (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • The American at home is the opposite of the Yank abroad: helpful, charming and painfully sincere.
  • Help Britain keep up with America; as usual, the Yanks got her first after our A & R men refused her a deal.
  • It's like the Yanks and the Canadians - not much love lost there.

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Syllabification: Yank

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