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English definition of “jerk”

jerk

verb [always + adv/prep] (MOVE)   /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.
(Definition of jerk verb (MOVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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