To yank something is to pull it quickly and violently. You might yank a rope to pull a boat across the river.

  • He was yanking on the rope to pull the boat away from the dock.

Definition of yank


pull, or move with a sudden movement




an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)


northerner, yankee


an American (especially to non-Americans)


yankee, yankee-doodle

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Example Sentences for yank

  • 1

    Pry the shell open and yank out the meat.

  • 2

    The WhiteSox will crumble, the Yanks are out, the RedSox will get the wildcard.

  • 3

    Tom yanks the line and gets the dog to fall off the pier and through the water.

  • 4

    When you yank on a string, the yank is exactly the same as a sound wave.

  • 5

    I'd yank it off the description.

  • 6

    I'm of a mind to yank this line.

  • 7

    People will just yank it anyway.

  • 8

    And i am not a Yank, but the way.

  • 9

    Apparently you're not a Yank either.

  • 10

    The Yanks are the Team of Destiny for 2009.