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yank

[yangk] /yæŋk/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to pull or remove abruptly and vigorously:
Yank down on the bell rope. He was yanked out of school.
noun
2.
an abrupt, vigorous pull; jerk.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1. pluck, tug, tear.

Yank

[yangk] /yæŋk/
noun, adjective, Informal.
1.
Origin
1770-80, Americanism; shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for yank

yank

/jæŋk/
verb
1.
to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug
noun
2.
a sharp jerking movement; tug
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

Yank

/jæŋk/
noun
1.
a slang word for an American
2.
(US, informal) short for Yankee

Yankee

/ˈjæŋkɪ/
noun
1.
(often derogatory) a native or inhabitant of the US; American
2.
a native or inhabitant of New England
3.
a native or inhabitant of the Northern US, esp a Northern soldier in the Civil War
4.
(communications) a code word for the letter y
5.
(finance) a bond issued in the US by a foreign borrower
adjective
6.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Yankees
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Dutch Jan Kees John Cheese, nickname used derisively by Dutch settlers in New York to designate English colonists in Connecticut
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for yank

yank

verb

To victimize or harass; dupe; mislead: The detective uses expressions like ''You gotta be yankin' me''

[1970s+; an alteration and shortening of yank someone's chain or jerk someone around or jack someone around]


Yank

noun
  1. A US citizen; an American: inquiring after the ''Yank'' and swearing to have his life (1778+)
  2. AUS soldier: Some Tommies resented the Yanks for being overpaid (WWI British army)

[a shortening fr Yankee for both senses]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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yank in Technology

jargon
(From the colloquial meaning "to pull suddenly") To insert a copy of some saved text at the current position in a document being edited.
The term is used in the Unix text editors GNU Emacs and vi but "paste" is more common elsewhere.
[Used elsewhere?]
(1998-07-01)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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