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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
1955-1960
1955-60; rhyming compound based on jerk1, -y1
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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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