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Definition of yank verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

yank

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//jæŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jæŋk//
 
[transitive, intransitive] (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yank
BrE BrE//jæŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jæŋk//
 
he / she / it yanks
BrE BrE//jæŋks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jæŋks//
 
past simple yanked
BrE BrE//jæŋkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jæŋkt//
 
past participle yanked
BrE BrE//jæŋkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jæŋkt//
 
-ing form yanking
BrE BrE//ˈjæŋkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈjæŋkɪŋ//
 
 
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to pull something/somebody hard, quickly and suddenly yank something/somebody (+ adv./prep.) He yanked her to her feet. yank something/somebody + adj. I yanked the door open. (+ adv./prep.) Liz yanked at my arm. Word Origin late 18th cent. (as a Scots word in the sense ‘sudden sharp blow’): of unknown origin.Extra examples He yanked his arm free. He yanked the door open. Her head was yanked back hard. She yanked her hand away. She yanked the cigarette from his hand. The man grabbed her hair and yanked her head back.
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