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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.
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Examples from the web for yanked
  • They had all moved, yanked to and fro and up and down.
  • We spent the night lakeside, testing ten more gators that had been freshly yanked from the water.
  • He yanked his fingers back and apologized profusely.
  • And there is always the danger that statistics about scientists could be yanked out of context in political debates.
  • Roy grabbed its tail and yanked the broken thing out from under.
  • He yanked at a knot which was stuck in the trigger guard and the weapon was discharged.
  • My brother yanked at the line, wrapped his end around the rafter and tied it.
  • The disease ruined her deep inside and started her rotting, and once that hook was set and yanked, no surgery could correct it.
  • He swore to himself, yanked the window shut, and shook himself off.
  • Foreign direct investment cannot be yanked out during a panic, so it should be welcomed.
British Dictionary definitions for yanked

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
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Word Origin and History for yanked

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 yanked

yammer

noun

Talking: He kept up his tedious yammer (1500+)

verb
  1. To talk loudly; yak: They were yammering away about taxes (1513+)
  2. To complain; whine and nag; bitch: They are always yammering about mere details (1786+)

[fr Scots dialect, related to German Jammer, ''lamentation, misery'']


yang

noun

The penis; jang,wang: A macho machine, a celebration of the yang, bang, whang/ Like I need a three-foot yang-yang (1970s+)

Related Terms

ying-yang


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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