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There was no answer to his jerky, sharp call of "Barbara" and he turned on the light.

Both are very ancient, sadly in need of upholstery, and jerky of locomotion.

David Rossi bent his head and spoke in short, jerky sentences.

In jerky sentences she told of the engagement and how the news had reached her.

He spoke in a jerky voice, as if he thought to overawe the boy.

He was very deliberate; not jerky, only fragmentary; at times profane.

"There is something in that," agreed Sir Hilary, with a jerky nod of the head.

All the movements of the red squirrel are quick, sharp, jerky, machine-like.

A bent old woman was offering him flowers with a jerky curtsey.

The dialogue is not particularly brilliant; jerky, not crisp.

WORD ORIGIN

1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui "jerked meat," from Quechua (Inca) ch'arki "dried flesh."

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