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"jerk" in British English

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jerkverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   /dʒɜːk/  us   /dʒɝːk/
to make a ​shortsuddenmovement, or to ​cause someone or something to do this: The ​car made a ​strangenoise and then jerked to a ​halt. "What's ​wrong?" she ​asked, jerking her ​head up. to (​force or ​cause someone or something to) ​suddenlybehavedifferently, usually by ​understanding something or ​becomingactive again: The ​shock of ​losing his ​job jerked him out of his ​settledlifestyle.
Phrasal verbs

jerknoun [C]

uk   /dʒɜːk/  us   /dʒɝːk/
(Definition of jerk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jerk" in American English

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jerkverb [always + adv/prep]

 us   /dʒɜrk/
to make a ​short, ​suddenmovement, or to ​cause someone or something to move in this way: [T] She jerked the ​phone out of his ​hands. [I] The ​bus jerked to a ​halt.
Phrasal verbs

jerknoun [C]

 us   /dʒɜrk/
  • jerk noun [C] (PERSON)

slang a ​foolish, ​annoyingperson: What a jerk – he ​parked in my ​spot!
(Definition of jerk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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