yank

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since 1822 CE; from Scots. Unknown origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

yank (plural yanks)

  1. A sudden, vigorous pull (sometimes defined as mass times jerk, or rate of change of force).

Synonyms[edit]

  • (sudden, vigorous pull): jerk, tug

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Verb[edit]

yank (third-person singular simple present yanks, present participle yanking, simple past and past participle yanked)

  1. (transitive) To pull something with a quick, strong action.
  2. (transitive) to remove from circulation
    They yanked the product as soon as they learned it was unsafe.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (pull with a quick strong action): jerk, tug
  • (remove from circulation): pull, recall

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References[edit]

  • yank” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).