give (something) a jerk

Definition of give (something) a jerk

  1. :  to pull on something very hard and very quickly The door was stuck, but I gave it a jerk and it opened.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  an annoyingly stupid or foolish person

    :  an unlikable person

    :  one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded

  1. :  to give a quick suddenly arrested push, pull, or twist to

    :  to propel or move with or as if with a quick suddenly arrested motion

    :  to mix and serve (drinks, such as sodas) behind a soda fountain

  1. :  to preserve (meat) in long sun-dried slices

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to criticize severely

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