jerk water

jerkwater

[jurk-waw-ter, -wot-er]
adjective
1.
Informal. insignificant and out-of-the-way: a jerkwater town.
2.
(formerly) off the main line: a jerkwater train.
noun
3.
(formerly) a train not running on the main line.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism; jerk1 + water; so called from the jerking (i.e., drawing) of water to fill buckets for supplying a steam locomotive

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jerkwater (ˈdʒɜːkˌwɔːtə)
 
adj
slang (US), (Canadian) inferior and insignificant: a jerkwater town
 
[C19: originally referring to railway locomotives for which water was taken on in buckets from streams along the route]

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