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A quick, sharp, sudden movement
“He motioned behind him with a jerk of his thumb.”
A contemptibly foolish person
“No longer was he the annoying, immature jerk next door.”
Stupid, bumbling person
A quick, often unpleasant tug or shake
“He indicated the bedroom with a jerk of his head.”
Move or cause to move with a jerk
“If you jerk it forward quickly you can throw yourself into a dive - and you're on your own as the G-force kicks in.”
To give a quick, often unpleasant tug or shake
“I jerked to one side to avoid getting hit.”
To make jerky or restless movements
“… you've got to quit jerking, or the barber will nick you by accident.”
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