yank Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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"yank" in American English

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yankverb [T]

 us   /jæŋk/
to ​pull something ​forcefully with a ​quickmovement: They yanked ​open the ​screendoor to ​run into the ​kitchen for ​cookies.
noun [C]  us   /jæŋk/
She gave a yank to the ​reins and the ​horsestopped.
(Definition of yank from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"yank" in British English

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uk   us   /jæŋk/
[T usually + adv/prep] informal to ​pull something ​forcefully with a ​quickmovement: He ​tripped over the ​cord and yanked the ​plug out. She yanked ​open the ​cupboarddoor and everything ​fell out. [T often passive] mainly US informal to ​suddenlyremove someone or something: I was yanked out ofschool and ​forced to go to ​work.
noun [C usually singular] uk   us   informal
Give the ​door a yank and it should ​open.

Yanknoun [C]

uk   us   /jæŋk/ (also Yankee) informal
a ​person from the US: disapproving The ​place was ​full of Yanks.
(Definition of yank from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “yank”
in Spanish tirón…
in Vietnamese cú giật mạnh…
in Malaysian rentapan…
in Thai การกระชาก…
in French secousse…
in German der Ruck…
in Chinese (Simplified) 猛拉, 猛拽, 突然除掉…
in Turkish asılmak, çekmek…
in Russian дергать…
in Indonesian tarikan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 猛拉, 猛拽, 突然除掉…
in Polish szarpać…
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