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jerkverb [always + adv/prep]

us   /dʒɜrk/
to make a short, sudden movement, 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, annoying person: What a jerk – he parked in my spot!
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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 short sudden movement, or to cause someone or something to do this: The car made a strange noise and then jerked to a halt. "What's wrong?" she asked, jerking her head up.
to (force or cause someone or something to) suddenly behave differently, usually by understanding something or becoming active again: The shock of losing his job jerked him out of his settled lifestyle.
Phrasal verbs

jerknoun [C]

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