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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.

Yank

[yangk] /yæŋk/
noun, adjective, Informal.
1.
Origin
1770-80, Americanism; shortened form
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British Dictionary definitions for yanks

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 yanks
yank
1822, Scottish, of unknown origin; the noun is 1818 in sense of "sudden blow, cuff."
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Slang definitions & phrases for yanks

yank

verb

To victimize or harass; dupe; mislead: The detective uses expressions like ''You gotta be yankin' me''

[1970s+; an alteration and shortening of yank someone's chain or jerk someone around or jack someone around]


Yank

noun
  1. A US citizen; an American: inquiring after the ''Yank'' and swearing to have his life (1778+)
  2. AUS soldier: Some Tommies resented the Yanks for being overpaid (WWI British army)

[a shortening fr Yankee for both senses]


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