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jerky

noun [U] uk   /ˈdʒɜː.ki/ us    /ˈdʒɝː-/ US
meat that has been cut into long, thin strips and dried in the sun: beef jerkyCuts of meat

jerky

adjective uk   /ˈdʒɜː.ki/ us    /ˈdʒɝː-/
quick and sudden: The disease causes sudden jerky movements of the hands and legs.Making short, sudden movements not smooth and pleasant: I enjoyed the concert, although the playing was rather jerky at times.Rough, irregular and uneven
jerkily
adverb uk   /-kɪ.li/ us  
Making short, sudden movements
jerkiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Making short, sudden movements
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