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Definition of jerk verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jerk
he / she / it jerks
past simple jerked
-ing form jerking
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to move or to make something move with a sudden, short, sharp movement jerk something (+ adv./prep.) He jerked the phone away from her. She jerked her head up. + adv./prep. The bus jerked to a halt. He grabbed a handful of hair and jerked at it. Phrasal Verbsjerk somebody around
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