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yank

verb uk   /jæŋk/ us  
[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. [T often passive] mainly US informal to suddenly remove someone or something: I was yanked out of school and forced to seek work.
yank
noun [C usually singular] uk   informal us  
Give the door a yank and it should open.
Translations of “yank”
in Spanish tirón…
in French secousse…
in German der Ruck…
in Chinese (Traditional) 猛拉, 猛拽, 突然除掉…
in Russian дергать…
in Turkish asılmak, çekmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 猛拉, 猛拽, 突然除掉…
in Polish szarpać…
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