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Attested since 1822 CE; from Scots. Unknown origin.
yank (plural yanks)
A sudden, vigorous pull
- (transitive) To pull something with a quick, strong action.
- (transitive) to remove from circulation
- They yanked the product as soon as they learned it was unsafe.
to pull something with a quick, strong action
- “yank” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).