|Origin:||Probably from yerk 'to hit, pull suddenly' (16-19 centuries)|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to move with a quick sudden movement, or to make part of your body move in this way:
Wilcox jerked his head to indicate that they should move on.
'Is that the only way out of here?' he asked, jerking a thumb at the door.
jerk back/up/forwards etc
Suddenly he jerked back in his chair.
The sound of the phone jerked me awake.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
to pull something suddenly and roughly
Doyle jerked at the girl's hair, to make her sit down.
She jerked open the car door and got out.
jerk somebody aroundphrasal verb
jerk offphrasal verb
jerk out somethingphrasal verb
'Don't lie,' she jerked out.