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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JERKING

And he brought the mare to a halt by jerking the rope around her neck.

"But that is a real baby in there," he said, jerking an elbow toward the other room.

"All gettee out," he said, jerking his thumb in the direction of the court of mystery.

He knew he was falling, jerking down as the parachute ripped on the boughs.

And, jerking his head back towards the room behind him, "Guv'nor's got it now."

Standing behind me, jerking at the noose, he commanded me to hold up my hands.

"There's that——," he muttered, jerking a thumb in the direction from which he had come.

“Over the mountains,” replied Hardy, jerking his thumb toward the east.

He dropped to one knee and fired into their ranks, the Savage jerking in his hands.

"But a dead Rissala," said Halley, jerking his captive's wrist.

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.