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
clean-and-jerk verb

Examples of clean and jerk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rhodes also bench pressed 190, which gave her a winning 395 total in the Traditional competition, which combines the bench along with clean and jerk. Nate Marrero, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2023 Unlike powerlifting, where the three staple moves (deadlift, squat and bench press) rely primarily on strength, the two core Olympic lifts (the snatch and the clean and jerk) are driven more by explosive power and technique. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 26 June 2023 Peters lifted 120 kilos (264 pounds) in clean and jerk and that’s what won her a Bronze Medal. Randy McRoberts,, 16 July 2021 DeLand senior Mia Rhodes, who has won national championships, is the favorite in the 154 weight class after benching 235, hoisting 175 overhead in the clean and jerk and snatching 185 in her region performance. Buddy Collings, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2023 Also, Olympic lifting, with the clean and jerk and the snatch. Milo F. Bryant, Men's Health, 26 July 2022 Gonzalez had a snatch of 111 kilograms (244.7 pounds) and clean and jerk of 147 kilograms (324 pounds) to win the 17-under title in the competition conducted by USA Weightlifting. Rick Armstrong, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clean and jerk was in 1913

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“Clean and jerk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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