Definition of "yank" []

  • To pull with a quick, strong movement; jerk: yanked the emergency cord. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To extract or remove abruptly: yanked the starting pitcher early in the game. (verb-transitive)
  • To pull on something suddenly. See Synonyms at jerk1. (verb-intransitive)
  • A sudden vigorous pull; a jerk. (noun)
  • To pull, jerk, or move with a sharp movement; tug (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A sharp jerking movement; tug (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "yank" in a sentence
  • "It was one of the harder commands for me to learn because the word yank didn't say anything to me."
  • "I hate the term "yank" - it is no longer appropriate if it ever was."
  • "Stopping the milk as she did was a good call, to coin a yank phrase, as it was a waste of money, because the older kids weren't drinking it."