Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of yerk in English:
verb[with object] Scottish & Northern English
1Strike sharply, especially with a stick or whip; thrash or flog.
- More soundly could my scourge have yerked many.
- We should yerk the yokel of a Yankee with the knout.
- I'll yerk the sullen Devil out of you.
2Pull or push with a sudden movement.
- Thou hast fair yarked me off my legs.
- The rotten, rain-soaked khaki tears easily when two men are yerking at your collar.
- They yerked to and fro, snorting with rage and terror.
Late Middle English: imitative of a sudden movement.
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