Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also yark /jɑːk/)
verb[with object] Scottish & Northern English
1Strike sharply, especially with a stick or whip; thrash or flog.
- Nine, or ten times I had thought to have yerked him here under the ribs
- I'll yerk the sullen Devil out of you.
- We should yerk the yokel of a Yankee with the knout.
2Pull or push with a sudden movement.
- He seized the parson by the chin and ears and yerked him upwards several times.
- He saw him knocking and yarking the horse about and swearing at it.
- They yerked to and fro, snorting with rage and terror.
Late Middle English: imitative of a sudden movement.
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