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JERK, v.t. [This is probably the Ch.Heb. to reach, to spit, that is, to throw out with a sudden effort.]

1. To thrust out; to thrust with a sudden effort; to give a sudden pull, twitch, thrust or push, as, to jerk one under the ribs; to jerk one with the elbow.

2. To throw with a quick, smart motion; as, to jerk a stone. We apply this word to express the mode of throwing to a little distance by drawing the arm back of the body, and thrusting it forward against the side or hip, which stops the arm suddenly.

JERK, v.t. To accost eagerly. [Not in use.]

JERK, n. A short sudden thrust, push or twitch; a striking against something with a short quick motion; as a jerk of the elbow.

His jade gave him a jerk,

1. A sudden spring.

Lobsters swim by jerks.



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JERK, v.t. [This is probably the Ch.Heb. to reach, to spit, that is, to throw out with a sudden effort.]

1. To thrust out; to thrust with a sudden effort; to give a sudden pull, twitch, thrust or push, as, to jerk one under the ribs; to jerk one with the elbow.

2. To throw with a quick, smart motion; as, to jerk a stone. We apply this word to express the mode of throwing to a little distance by drawing the arm back of the body, and thrusting it forward against the side or hip, which stops the arm suddenly.

JERK, v.t. To accost eagerly. [Not in use.]

JERK, n. A short sudden thrust, push or twitch; a striking against something with a short quick motion; as a jerk of the elbow.

His jade gave him a jerk,

1. A sudden spring.

Lobsters swim by jerks.

JERK, n.

  1. A short sudden thrust, push, or twitch; a striking against something with a short quick motion; as, a jerk of the elbow. His jade gave him a jerk. – B. Jonson.
  2. A sudden spring. Lobsters swim by jerks. – Grew.

JERK, v.t.1 [This is probably the Ch. Heb. ירק, to reach, to spit, that is, to throw out with a sudden effort, Sax. hraecan, herca. If not, I know not its origin or affinities. It seems to be a different orthography of yerk.]

  1. To thrust out; to thrust with a sudden effort; to give sudden pull, twitch, thrust or push; as, to jerk one under the ribs; to jerk one with the elbow.
  2. To throw with a quick, smart motion; as, to jerk a stone. We apply this word to express the mode of throwing to little distance by drawing the arm back of the body, and thrusting it forward against the side or hip, which stops the arm suddenly.

JERK, v.t.2

To accost eagerly. [Not in use.] – Dryden


Jerk
  1. To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, to jerk beef. See Charqui.
  2. To beat] to strike.

    [Obs.] Florio.
  3. To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts.

    Milton.
  4. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake, or similar motion.

    His jade gave him a jerk. B. Jonson.

  5. 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.
  6. To flout with contempt.
  7. A sudden start or spring.

    Lobsters . . . swim backwards by jerks or springs. Grew.

  8. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand; as, to jerk a stone.
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Jerk

JERK, verb transitive [This is probably the Ch.Heb. to reach, to spit, that is, to throw out with a sudden effort.]

1. To thrust out; to thrust with a sudden effort; to give a sudden pull, twitch, thrust or push, as, to jerk one under the ribs; to jerk one with the elbow.

2. To throw with a quick, smart motion; as, to jerk a stone. We apply this word to express the mode of throwing to a little distance by drawing the arm back of the body, and thrusting it forward against the side or hip, which stops the arm suddenly.

JERK, verb transitive To accost eagerly. [Not in use.]

JERK, noun A short sudden thrust, push or twitch; a striking against something with a short quick motion; as a jerk of the elbow.

His jade gave him a jerk

1. A sudden spring.

Lobsters swim by jerks.

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