clean and jerk

noun

Definition of clean and jerk 

: a lift in weight lifting in which the weight is raised to shoulder height, held momentarily, and then quickly thrust overhead usually with a lunge or a spring from the legs — compare press, snatch

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In the latest competition, the 5-foot-9 Easley topped out at 126 kilograms (277 pounds) in the snatch and 156 kilograms (343 pounds) in the clean and jerk for a total of 282 kilograms (620 pounds). Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: West Aurora's Will Easley finds his way in Olympic weightlifting competitions," 30 June 2018 Olympic weightlifting consists of three snatch attempts and three clean and jerk. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: West Aurora's Will Easley finds his way in Olympic weightlifting competitions," 30 June 2018 Mountcastle’s best lifts of the season were a 325-pound bench press and a 290-pound clean and jerk. Steve Evans, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach lifter of the year: Dillon Mountcastle, Park Vista senior," 20 June 2018 Brown then qualified for regionals in weightlifting as a 139-pound ninth grader by bench pressing more than 200 pounds and hoisting 160 pounds over his head in the clean and jerk. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Brantley tailback Amani Brown thrives despite losing right foot as a child," 15 June 2018 Lifting a personal best 114kg in the clean and jerk to defeat Canada's Tali Darsigny. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "'Fittest woman on earth' wins gold medal after family tragedy," 8 Apr. 2018 The Queenslander, who owns a gym with her husband, Shane, was approached by weightlifting coach Miles Wydal after he had seen her lift a then personal best of 30kg in the clean and jerk at a CrossFit competition. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "'Fittest woman on earth' wins gold medal after family tragedy," 8 Apr. 2018 Each lifter gets three attempts for each of the two techniques, the bench press and clean and jerk. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Spruce Creek hopes to lift another state title trophy," 6 Apr. 2018

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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