jerk around


jerked around; jerking around; jerks around

transitive verb

: to treat badly especially by being underhanded or inconsistent

Examples of jerk around in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The guy in the center seat where the stringer was tied off noticed it was being jerked around. Idaho Statesman, 2 Mar. 2016 The design stopped us from being jerked around when dogs were pulling, and the padded handle was comfortable to grip, as well. Camryn Rabideau, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 One senses that these men are accustomed to being jerked around by the state. Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jerk around was in 1932

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“Jerk around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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