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Noun
A quick, sharp, sudden movement
“He indicated for us to follow him with a jerk of his head.”
Noun
A quick, often unpleasant, tug or shake
“With each jerk of the crowbar, the shed roof shook, moving up little by little until Leadfoot could get his hooves under it.”
Noun
A shaking or quivering movement
“The constant jerk of the train, as it drew up at wayside stations, roused him from his slumber.”
Noun
A contemptible person whose behavior is offensive to others
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“My view of him completely changed, and I realized just how much of a jerk I had been.”
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A foolish or annoying person
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“No longer was he the annoying, immature jerk next door.”
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An untrustworthy, despicable, or disreputable person
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A jerking or buckling motion
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A wriggling movement
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Pickle tickler
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An act or instance of tossing something
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A sudden quick movement
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A sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behaviour
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A person or group which is used or controlled by another
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An injury to a part of the body
Verb
To cause to move with a jerk
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“They attempted to jerk the lever forward, but it appeared to be stuck.”
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To make a sudden movement
“She would be sitting in a chair and her upper body would suddenly jerk to the side as though something had hit her.”
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To shake or vibrate jerkily or nervously
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“He began to jerk violently, arms and legs thrashing about.”
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Catch hold of and pull quickly
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To throw or hurl something
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Strike or beat with a whip or stick
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To go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner
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