jerk - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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present tense
present participlejerking
past tensejerked
past participlejerked
  1. 1
    to move very suddenly, or to make something move suddenly

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

    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.

phrasal verbs