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verb [intransitive/transitive] jerk pronunciation in British English /dʒɜː(r)k/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyjerk
he/she/itjerks
present participlejerking
past tensejerked
past participlejerked
  1. 1
    to move very suddenly, or to make something move suddenly

    The train jerked forwards.

    Jerking her head towards the valley, she said, 'What's down there?'

    The taxi jerked to a stop outside a large hotel.

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    1. a.
      to move suddenly as you wake up or stop thinking deeply about something

      Lucy jerked awake from a nightmare.

  2. 2
    to pull something suddenly using a lot of force

    George strode to the window and jerked back the curtains.

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