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yank

verb \ ˈyaŋk \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

Definition of yank

: to pull on something with a quick vigorous movement
1 : to pull or extract with a quick vigorous movement
2 : to remove in or as if in an abrupt manner
  • yanked the story from the evening edition

Examples of yank in a Sentence

  1. He yanked the door shut.

  2. She yanked on the dog's leash.

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Origin and Etymology of yank

origin unknown

yank Synonyms


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yank

noun

Definition of yank

: a strong sudden pull : jerk

Examples of yank in a Sentence

  1. had to give the shoe a good yank to get it off

Recent Examples of yank from the Web

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First Known Use of yank

circa 1864

yank Synonyms

Synonyms

draw, haul, jerk, pluck, pull, tug, wrench;

Antonyms

push;

Near Antonyms

heave, shove, thrust;

Related Words

drag, tow;

hitch, twitch;

grab, snatch;


Yank

noun \ ˈyaŋk \

Definition of Yank

: yankee

First Known Use of yank

1778



YANK Defined for English Language Learners

yank

Definition of yank for English Language Learners

  • : to suddenly pull (something) in a quick, forceful way

  • : to quickly or suddenly remove (something or someone)


yank

Definition of yank for English Language Learners

  • : a strong, quick pull


Yank

Definition of Yank for English Language Learners

  • : a person from the U.S.


YANK Defined for Kids

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yank

noun \ ˈyaŋk \

Definition of yank for Students

: a strong sudden pull : jerk

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yank

verb

Definition of yank for Students

yanked; yanking
: to pull suddenly or forcefully
  • I go over and yank his arm and make him sit down.
  • —Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh


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