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Noun
A quick, sharp, sudden movement
“He indicated for us to follow him with a jerk of his head.”
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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.”
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A shaking or quivering movement
“The constant jerk of the train, as it drew up at wayside stations, roused him from his slumber.”
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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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A jerking or buckling motion
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A wriggling movement
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Pickle tickler
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A sudden quick movement
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An act or instance of throwing or casting something
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A person or group which is used or controlled by another
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A sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behaviour
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An injury to a part of the body
Verb
To cause to move with a jerk
“They attempted to jerk the lever forward, but it appeared to be stuck.”
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To move with a short, 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 take, pull or remove by force
“Tom yelled in alarm and stumbled ahead as he tried to maintain his grip on the gun, but whoever had hold of it managed to jerk it out of his hands.”
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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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To physically jerk or bounce off, especially in a backward motion
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To throw or hurl something
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To strike or hit repeatedly
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To go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner
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