clean and jerk

noun
|Updated on: 10 May 2018

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

clean-and-jerk

verb

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1913

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