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circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1
1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, to bind tightly
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“Yerk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yerk. Accessed 8 May. 2021.
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