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

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JERKED

At dinner she shook and jerked and spilt things worse than ever.

He jerked sharply up on the reins, and she broke into a staggering trot.

The tears ceased, her eyes flashed, she jerked her body upright, listening.

He opened his eyes at my acquaintance with his name, but jerked his head at me comprehendingly.

He jerked his head away and swung round in his chair to argue the matter.

This he jerked up and down to make ready for his task of thrashing "the pigmy."

After which, as if in despair, the outsider again rattled and jerked the knob.

Helen tried to point; her hand only jerked from side to side.

She jerked her head upwards with a little foreign gesture of indifference.

Every other boy had jerked them down and chucked them under the counter in a jiffy.

WORD ORIGIN

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

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