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adjective as in uncontrolled

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As she pulled the rack out in jerky inch-by-inch increments, she gasped so loud the room fell silent.

He snacked on typical thru-hiker fare—jerky, individually-wrapped pastries, chips—and did push-ups along the way, hoping to keep some upper body strength.

As a person who loses stuff and moves in a jerky fashion perfect for flinging out earbuds, the idea of truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds still worries me a little.

When the orchestra lit into a fast and jerky rhythm, Birkin attempted to drag him onto the dance floor.

He may be right, but the two companies could be more ambitious than just vegan Doritos and make snacks that have been largely neglected by plant-based meat producers, like beef jerky or pork rinds.

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They became so brown and shriveled that they looked like walking beef jerky with New York accents.

You, too, will be zipping along to the angular guitars and zigzagging, herky-jerky vocals.

He's so white he's almost mock-white, and so are his jerky, long-necked, mechanical-man movements.

I sent him some caribou jerky from Alaska to help keep up his strength on the Senate floor.

It was superficial and jumpy and herky-jerky, bopping all over the place.

Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.

Nervous and jerky he walked to the center of the stage, and raised his hand begging silence.

With jerky motions the black monster drew down, the water rippling and gurgling along the sides.

He knocked the ashes from his cigar and threw out his arms with one of his odd, jerky gestures.

He spoke in very fair language, short, jerky sentences, but well-chosen words.


On this page you'll find 41 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to jerky, such as: bouncy, bumpy, rough, shaking, twitching, and convulsive.

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