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verb [intransitive/transitive] jerk pronunciation in American English /dʒɜrk/
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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 forward.
    Jerking her head toward the valley, she said, “What’s down there?”
    The taxi jerked to a stop outside a large hotel.
    1. a.
      to move suddenly as you wake up or stop thinking deeply about something
      Lucy jerked awake at the sound of her alarm clock.
  2. 2
    to pull something suddenly using a lot of force
    George raced to the window and jerked back the curtains.

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