present participle of jerk

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1 to move or cause to move with a sharp quick motion
  • I jerked to one side to avoid getting hit
  • jerked the leash to get the dog's attention

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2 to make jerky or restless movements
  • you've got to quit jerking, or the barber will nick you by accident

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3 to make a series of small irregular or violent movements
  • the car jerked with every shift of the gear

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jerked around


jerking around

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“Jerking.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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