jerk


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jerk \Jerk\ (j[~e]rk), v. t. [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui
   dried beef.]
   To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, to
   jerk beef. See Charqui.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jerk \Jerk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jerked (j[~e]rkt); p. pr. &
   vb. n. Jerking.] [Akin to yerk, and perh. also to yard a
   measure.]
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   1. To beat; to strike. [Obs.] --Florio.
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   2. To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull,
      or twist, to; to yerk; as, to jerk one with the elbow; to
      jerk a coat off.
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   3. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the
      hand; as, to jerk a stone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jerk \Jerk\, v. i.
   1. To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by
      starts. --Milton.
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   2. To flout with contempt.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jerk \Jerk\, n.
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   1. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake,
      or similar motion.
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            His jade gave him a jerk.             --B. Jonson.
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   2. A sudden start or spring.
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            Lobsters . . . swim backwards by jerks or springs.
                                                  --Grew.
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   3. A foolish, stupid, or otherwise contemptible person.
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   Syn: jerkoff.
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   4. (Sport) The lifting of a weight, in a single rapid motion,
      from shoulder height until the arms are outstretched above
      the head; distinguished from press in that the motion in
      a jerk is more rapid, and the body may be moved under the
      weight to assist completion of the movement; as, a clean
      and jerk of two hundred pounds.
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   2. Calisthenic exercises, such as push-ups or deep knee
      bends; also called physical jerks. [British]
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