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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JERK

Suddenly she sat up with a jerk, and dashed her hand across her eyes.

Suddenly the door is pulled open with a jerk and our enemy leaps in.

Even as he held it up for all of them to see, his limbs began to jerk and stiffen.

As he spoke there was a sudden soft jar and jerk, then the schooner was still.

Being captain of the forecastle, I knew where to find it, and throw it loose at a jerk.

But fortunately there was still time to jerk down the curtain.

He drew his chair with a jerk to the tea-table, which of course was unnecessary.

Every once in a while we would stop with a jerk that would nearly snap our heads off.

He stopped with a jerk, his hand went to his heart, and he panted and scowled with pain.

He drew up with a jerk, and sat looking at the wagon standing there.

WORD ORIGIN

"to pull," 1540s, "to lash, strike as with a whip," of uncertain origin, perhaps echoic. Related: Jerked; jerking.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.