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jark (plural jarks)
- A seal (stamp or impression of a stamp).
- (slang, military, Britain) To modify (weaponry) to disadvantage; especially, to attach and use a tracking device to covertly monitor its location.
- 1996, Andy McNab, Immediate Action, page 365:
- At the end of the day, it was inevitable that the IRA would discover that its weapons were being jarked.
- 2001, Peter Taylor, Brits:the War Against the IRA, page 255:
- 'Anna' and 'Mary' were involved in operations that drew on a variety of intelligence data: ‘jarking’; information from agents; […] One of the weapons, perhaps the Armalite, had been ‘jarked’ by the ‘Det’ and tracked for some time.
- 2010, Christopher C. Harmon, Andrew N. Pratt, Sebastian Gorka, Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism, page 197:
- An especially creative method was known as “jarking,” which involved “the placing of tiny tracking devices on weapons in arms caches so their movements can be followed.”8
- 2010, Ed Moloney, Voices from the Grave: Two Men's War in Ireland, page 282:
- The homes and safe houses he provided were bugged; the weapons hidden in empty houses were ‘jarked’ so the security forces could keep track of them, and the vehicles used to ferry weapons put under close surveillance.
(track weaponry): Both word and practice became common during the Ulster Troubles (1968-1998).
- Eye dialect spelling of jerk.
- 1996, William Gilmore Simms, Mary Ann Wimsatt, “Bald-Head Bill Bauldy”, in Tales of the South, page 323:
- First, I felt a kick in my side, and ribs; then I felt myself pulled and jarked about, by the arms and shoulders; and, when I opened my eyes and straightened myself out, to see what alligator hed got hold of me now, what should I see but a squad of four or five of our own Rigiment, all pulling at me at onst!
- jarking, in The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: J-Z, by Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, Taylor & Francis, 2006. →ISBN, 9780415259385.
- Toby Harnden, Bandit Country: The IRA & South Armagh, →ISBN
- → Dhuwal: gutjark (with the Ngandi noun class prefix gu-)
- Colette G. Craig, Noun Classes and Categorization (1986, →ISBN, page 389