What does the word jerk mean?

Usage examples for jerk

  1. Each word was uttered in company with a jerk given to every button or string; and at last she stood thinking by the door, not hesitating but making up her mind as to her course. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  2. Rectus then took hold, and with a mighty jerk, we pulled her into the boat. – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  3. There was a jerk, and then I felt someone was coming up the rope ladder. – Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril by G. A. Henty

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