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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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To beat; to strike. [Obs.] --Florio. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand; as, to jerk a stone. [1913 Webster]