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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Yerk \Yerk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yerked; p. pr. & vb. n. Yerking.] [See Yerk.] [1913 Webster] 1. To throw or thrust with a sudden, smart movement; to kick or strike suddenly; to jerk. [1913 Webster] Their wounded steeds . . . Yerk out their armed heels at their dead masters. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To strike or lash with a whip. [Obs. or Scot.] [1913 Webster]