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herky-jerky

[hur-kee-jur-kee] /ˈhɜr kiˈdʒɜr ki/
adjective
1.
progressing in a fitfully jerky or irregular manner:
a herky-jerky home movie shown on an old projector.
Origin of herky-jerky
1955-1960
1955-60; rhyming compound based on jerk1, -y1
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  • herky-jerky put me to carrying Dick's breakfast from the campfire up into the cave.

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  • The most striking thing about herky-jerky, however, was his perpetual grin.

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  • "Sure, kid, thet hole's full of trout—speckled trout," said herky-jerky.

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  • herky-jerky kept on grinning and cracking jokes on my failure to escape.

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  • I got a blurred glimpse of herky-jerky leaning back on the taut lasso.

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  • herky-jerky was the only one of his companions brave enough to start to help him.

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  • Its body shifted back and forth in herky-jerky motions like an old-fashioned washing machine.

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  • herky-jerky's boots suddenly stood on end, and I knew then he had also risen.

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Slang definitions & phrases for herky-jerky

herky-jerky

adjective

Jerky; spasmodic; not smooth: bellow and quiver with those herky-jerky spasms/ herky-jerky instability of Shepard's plays/ producing a herky-jerky style of governing (mid-1950s+)

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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