yank

verb
\ ˈyaŋk How to pronounce yank (audio) \
yanked; yanking; yanks

Definition of yank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to pull on something with a quick vigorous movement

transitive verb

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

Definition of yank (Entry 2 of 3)

: a strong sudden pull : jerk
\ ˈyaŋk How to pronounce Yank (audio) \

Definition of Yank (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for yank

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Antonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of yank in a Sentence

Verb He yanked the door shut. She yanked on the dog's leash. Noun (1) had to give the shoe a good yank to get it off
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Why didn’t Kyle Shanahan yank Mullens after the pick-six? Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ game review vs. Washington: Defense does its job, but offense is woeful," 13 Dec. 2020 Confused by the shooting, Louis plucked his 7-year-old and a playmate off a nearby lawn and secured them in his home before dashing across the street to yank his 8-year-old off his bike and run him to safety. Bryan Denson, ProPublica, "New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect," 13 Oct. 2020 Brennan then approached a 19-year-old woman, grabbed her forearm and tried to yank fliers from her other hand, resulting in a tug-of-war over the papers before the woman was able to pull back from Brennan with the fliers, according to police. Washington Post, "Bethesda bike-trail assailant pleads guilty to assault in flier-snatching case," 16 Dec. 2020 The fun throughout, the payoff, is in seeing Beth yank the rug out from one misunderestimating lunkhead and authority figure after another. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is an irresistible coming-of-age drama. No prior chess expertise required (review)," 2 Nov. 2020 Nightmares yank him back to the 8-by-10-foot cell that confines him to solitary 23 hours a day. Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune, "LIFE AFTER DEATH ROW," 2 Aug. 2015 The Arecibo Observatory has faced a number of challenges in recent years, including threats from the National Science Foundation to yank funding. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Iconic radio telescope in Puerto Rico is at risk of collapsing," 12 Nov. 2020 The fun throughout, the payoff, is in seeing Beth yank the rug out from one misunderestimating lunkhead and authority figure after another. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is an irresistible coming-of-age drama. No prior chess expertise required (review)," 2 Nov. 2020 Stomp on an enemy or yank an object out of the ground, and the controller pulsates in ways that evoke the feeling of performing those actions. Jason Schreier, Bloomberg.com, "PlayStation 5 Review: Video Games You Can Actually Feel," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The son figured out that by stretching PTFE with a sudden yank, the polymer expanded by 1,000 percent. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert W. Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex fabric and Utah native, dead at 83," 19 Sep. 2020 Without a word, the woman stood up and, giving a little yank at the seat of her bikini, strode off without a backward glance. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, "The Kingdom That Failed," 13 Aug. 2020 But the company largely resisted the Internet, quick to police its copyrights and yank unauthorized versions of show footage from the web. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Ed Sullivan videos finally hit the web — led by Motown's Jackson 5, Supremes, Tempts," 12 June 2020 Her folding Ollie chair flattens with the yank of a cord, and a satisfying clack! Jane Margolies, New York Times, "At the Brooklyn Navy Yard It’s Full Steam Ahead," 12 Mar. 2020 Helping two other men who needed a third helper, an extra yank. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'Billions' actress Melissa Errico helped save a man in the subway," 30 Aug. 2019 With one yank another young woman had undone the bow. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "An Exhibition to Tickle You ‘Pink’," 11 Sep. 2018 On the single gravel turn used at the Phoenix test track, a quick yank on the handbrake is all that’s needed to make the car turn-in. Josh Jacquot, Car and Driver, "Behind the Wheel of Subaru's WRX STI Global Rallycross Car," 20 Oct. 2017 Sweed gave him a little yank, not even hard, on the jersey. Zach Helfand, latimes.com, "USC-Texas revisited: LenDale White and what happened after fourth-and-two," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of yank

Verb

1822, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1778, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yank

Verb

origin unknown

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Last Updated

8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Yank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yank. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for yank

yank

verb
How to pronounce Yank (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of yank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to suddenly pull (something) in a quick, forceful way
: to quickly or suddenly remove (something or someone)

yank

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yank (Entry 2 of 3)

: a strong, quick pull

Yank

noun
How to pronounce Yank (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Yank (Entry 3 of 3)

informal : a person from the U.S.

yank

noun
\ ˈyaŋk How to pronounce yank (audio) \

Kids Definition of yank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong sudden pull : jerk

yank

verb
yanked; yanking

Kids Definition of yank (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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