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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
jerkwater \jerkwater\ adj. [from jerk + water, a place where it is necessary to draw (jerk) water to supply the boiler of a steam engine.] 1. small and remote and insignificant; as, a jerkwater college. Syn: one-horse, pokey, poky. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Railroads) Off the main railroad line. [Archaic] [PJC]