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jerkwater

[jurk-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈdʒɜrkˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
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
1875-1880
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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British Dictionary definitions for jerk-water

jerkwater

/ˈdʒɜːkˌwɔːtə/
adjective
1.
(US & Canadian, slang) inferior and insignificant: a jerkwater town
Word Origin
C19: originally referring to railway locomotives for which water was taken on in buckets from streams along the route
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Slang definitions & phrases for jerk-water

jerkwater

adjective

Insignificant; trivial: These seem like jerkwater sentiments (1897+)


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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