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Yank

[yangk]
noun, adjective Informal.

Origin:
1770–80, Americanism; shortened form

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yank (jæŋk)
 
vb
1.  to pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug
 
n
2.  a sharp jerking movement; tug
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

Yank (jæŋk)
 
n
1.  a slang word for an American
2.  informal (US) short for Yankee

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yank
1822, Scottish, of unknown origin; the noun is 1818 in sense of "sudden blow, cuff."
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