clean and jerk


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

Other Words from clean and jerk

clean-and-jerk \ ˈklēn-​ən(d)-​ˈjərk How to pronounce clean and jerk (audio) \ verb

Examples of clean and jerk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other examples include Olympic lifts (i.e., snatch and clean and jerk), the squat jump (loaded or unloaded), and even the kettlebell swing. Men's Health, 31 May 2022 Zhihui Hou set Olympic records in both snatch (94kg) and clean and jerk (116kg) in women's 49kg weightlifting to secure another gold for China. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 24 July 2021 The 8-year-old former gymnast can clean and jerk over 100 pounds, deadlift 200 pounds, and squat 160 pounds. Tristan Balagtas,, 9 Nov. 2021 Assured of silver for his country’s first medal in Tokyo, Mayora added his own flourish with a failed attempt to break Shi’s record of 198 kilograms for the clean and jerk, then signed off the competition with a backflip on stage., 29 July 2021 Li followed up his unique first lift with a successful clean and jerk of 172kg, setting two Olympic records during his debut appearance in the 61kg weight class. Alyssa Hertel, USA TODAY, 25 July 2021 Lyu Xiaojun won gold in the men’s 81-kilogram weightlifting category after Italian rival Antonino Pizzolato missed with a shot at the clean and jerk world record . . ., 31 July 2021 Saturday’s silver medalist, Mirabai of India, failed to make a clean and jerk attempt at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 24 July 2021 At the Pan American weightlifting championships, Delacruz lifted 89kg (196 pounds) in the snatch and 111kg (244 pounds ) in the clean and jerk. Arianna Vedia, Dallas News, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clean and jerk

1913, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2022

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“Clean and jerk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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