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
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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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