[ verb ] pull, or move with a sudden movement
"He turned the handle and jerked the door open.."
Used in print(Brett Halliday, The Careless Corpse....)
Shayne turned the handle and jerked the door open before either of the men were quite aware_of his presence in the night .(James D. Horan, The Shadow Catcher....)
Oso reached up , jerked the buck from the bale and snapped his neck .(Allen R. Bosworth, The Crows of Edwina Hill....)
Then she jerked her thumb toward the door in a very American gesture , and dropped into Navy slang .
[ verb ] move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
"The patient's legs were jerkings"
Used in print(Wayne D. Overholser, The Killer Marshal....)
Morgan jerked his head toward_the_front door .(Clifford Irving, The Valley....)
The boy jerked away .(James D. Horan, The Shadow Catcher....)
He jerked once in the grass and lay still .
[ noun ] (sociology) a dull stupid fatuous person
Used in print(Francis Pollini, Night....)
See , he 's already snapping it up , the dumb jerk * * h Coughlin grinned , feeling supremely on_top_of things * * h He watched the snow once_again .(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)
`` Bunch of damn jerks '' , Hub growled .
[ verb ] make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
"his face is twitching"
Used in print(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)
There had also been a man who must have had St._Vitus or something , because he kept jerking his head .(Peter Field, Rattlesnake Ridge....)
Nearing home , he jerked to attention at the distant crack of a gun .