Meaning of “jerkwater” in the English Dictionary

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"jerkwater" in British English

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jerkwateradjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈdʒɜːkˌwɔː.tər/ us /ˈdʒɝːkˌwɑː.t̬ɚ/ US informal

used to describe a place that is small, not important, and a long way from other places:

I grew up in a jerkwater town in the middle of nowhere.
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(Definition of “jerkwater” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)