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English definition of “yank”

yank

verb     /jæŋk/
[T usually + adv/prep] informal to pull something forcefully with a quick movement: He tripped over the wire and yanked the plug out. She yanked open the cupboard and everything fell out.Pulling [T often passive] mainly US informal to suddenly remove someone or something: I was yanked out of school and forced to seek work.Removing and extracting yank     noun [C usually singular] informal Give the door a yank and it should open.Pulling
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