yank


1yank

verb \ˈyaŋk\

: to suddenly pull (something) in a quick, forceful way

: to quickly or suddenly remove (something or someone)

Full Definition of YANK

intransitive verb
:  to pull on something with a quick vigorous movement
transitive verb
1
:  to pull or extract with a quick vigorous movement
2
:  to remove in or as if in an abrupt manner <yanked the story from the evening edition>

Examples of YANK

  1. He yanked the door shut.
  2. She yanked on the dog's leash.

Origin of YANK

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1822

2yank

noun

: a strong, quick pull

Full Definition of YANK

:  a strong sudden pull :  jerk

Examples of YANK

  1. <had to give the shoe a good yank to get it off>

First Known Use of YANK

circa 1864

Related to YANK

Synonyms
draw, haul, jerk, pluck, tug, wrench, pull
Antonyms
push

Yank

noun \ˈyaŋk\

: a person from the U.S.

Full Definition of YANK

:  yankee

First Known Use of YANK

1778

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