• The Yank
    The Yank
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v yank pull, or move with a sudden movement "He turned the handle and jerked the door open"
    • n Yank an American (especially to non-Americans)
    • n Yank an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Yanks with French Type of Anti-Aircraft Yanks with French Type of Anti-Aircraft
A Yank going on leave A Yank going on leave
Take Your Arm from Around That Yank's Neck 203 Take Your Arm from Around That Yank's Neck 203

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The song with the longest title is "I?m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin? Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues" written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1945. He later claimed the song title ended with ?Yank? and the rest was a joke
    • n Yank A jerk or twitch.
    • n Yank An abbreviation of Yankee.
    • v. t Yank To twitch; to jerk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • yank To be in active motion; move or work quickly; bustle.
    • yank To talk fast or constantly; scold; nag.
    • yank To move, carry, bring, take, etc., with a sudden jerk or jerking motion: usually with along, over, or out: as, to yank a fish out of the water.
    • n yank A quick, sharp stroke; a buffet.
    • n yank A jerk or twitch.
    • n yank plural Leggings or long gaiters worn in England by agricultural laborers.
    • n yank A Yankee.
    • n yank [The word acquired during the war of the rebellion wide currency as a nickname or contemptuous epithet among the Confederates for a Union soldier, the Confederates themselves being in like spirit dubbed Johnnies or Rebs by the Union soldiers.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Yank yangk to carry, move with a jerk (with out, over)
    • n Yank (Scot.) a blow, buffet
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  • Source Unknown
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    “Enthusiasm is a telescope that yanks the misty, distant future into the radiant, tangible present.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.”


Yank my chain - If some one says this to another person (i.e. stop yanking my chain) it means for the other person to leave the person who said it alone and to stop bothering them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. yank, a sudden and severe blow


In literature:

The first syllable of the word, "Yankee," which is "Yank," is sung to establish the pitch.
"Dramatized Rhythm Plays" by John N. Richards
He said he'd take one from the Yanks.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
He had yanked the dummy-chucker to his feet.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Ora was brought out into the open, her arms held fast by two of the red devils who yanked her roughly along between them.
"Creatures of Vibration" by Harl Vincent
Then he received a yank that pained him exceedingly.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
Then men who held him yanked Severne here and there.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
Then my hands were yanked behind me and tied.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
Well, that same Jack Roberts yanked me out o' the Canadian when I was drowndin'.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Who do you suppose yanked them up?
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
Latisan overtook a man in the doorway and yanked him back and entered ahead.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
She turned in her seat and gave one of Mary's obnoxious curls a vigorous yank.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Please sar, massa, let me go wid you ter fight dem Yanks.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
He was yanked up again, shaken, slapped, and vigorously told to stand up.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
Then Dave yanked the fellow to his feet.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
He yanked off his wig by a braid and tossed it at me.
"No Great Magic" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The "Indiana girl" impossible to Yank.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
I was a Yank like yourself, and damn proud of it.
"Each Man Kills" by Victoria Glad
Paula and Webber were yanking at him, trying to get him to move.
"The Stars, My Brothers" by Edmond Hamilton
Rebel and Yank laid down together, and as best they could followed up after they had become rested.
"History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service" by John R. Kinnear
He just walked right up and caught hold of that loose board and gave it a yank.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh

In poetry:

Then he toe-nailed on a rafter beam
And sawed a two-by-four;
Then he gave a yank to a six-inch plank
And started on the floor.
"Industrious Carpenter Dan" by Wallace Irwin
Down flocked the soldiers to the banks,
Till, margined with its pebbles,
One wooded shore was blue with "Yanks,"
and one was gray with "Rebels."
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
And there was Salem Hardieker,
A lean Bostonian he —
Russ, German, English, Halfbreed, Finn,
Yank, Dane, and Portugee,
At Fultah Fisher's boarding-house
They rested from the sea.
"The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House" by Rudyard Kipling
and you float regally by on your
incessant escalator, calm, a jungle queen.
Thinking it a steam shovel. Looking
a little uneasy. But you are yourself
again, yanking silver beads off your neck.
"V.R. Lang" by Frank O Hara
Honey, I'll be fine," is it a wonder
If my mind speeds down blind alleys?
If the adage "Love is blind" has never seemed
So true? If, in a flash of blinding light
I see Justice drop her scales, yank off
"Blind" by Charles H Webb
Out of Ludlow and coal towns in Colorado
Sprang a vengeance of Slav miners, Italians, Scots, Cornishmen, Yanks.
Killings ran under the spoken commands of this boy
With eighty men and rifles on a hogback mountain.
"Memoir Of A Proud Boy" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

Despite being committed to Michigan, Dawson flirted with Florida quite openly and when he wanted to take a visit to Gainesville, Michigan yanked his offer and said it considered him no longer committed.
Gets the network to yank two episodes.
Verlander's fastball pushes Yanks to brink.
Youkilis agrees to 1-year, $12M deal with Yanks.
Back to Old Spending Ways, Yanks Offer Youkilis a Deal.
Brett Gardner , Yanks agree at $2.85M.
Yanks waste CC's gem , lose 8th inning shutout, fall to Twins.
First it yanked funding for Planned Parenthood.
( Courtesy Jill Yank / November 13, 2012 ).
A judge has ruled that Hulk Hogan 's sex tape will stay on the Internet, denying the wrestler's attempt to get it yanked.
Yanks send Nova to minors to make room for Hughes .
Yanks announce Kevin Youkilis' deal.
Granderson's incredible year continues, Yanks roll over Rays.
They had been in on Scott Hairston, so maybe primary competitors for Mets now are Yanks and Phils.
Rivera, Yanks agree to $10 million deal.

In science:

We shall also show how the Temperley-Lieb algebra provides a natural setting in which computation can be performed diagrammatically as geometric simplification — “yanking lines straight”.
Temperley-Lieb Algebra: From Knot Theory to Logic and Computation via Quantum Mechanics
Our aim in this section is to show how a restricted form of λ-calculus can be interpreted in the Temperley-Lieb category, and how β -reduction of λ-terms, which is an important foundational paradigm for computation, is then reflected diagrammatically as geometric simplification, i.e. “yanking lines straight”.
Temperley-Lieb Algebra: From Knot Theory to Logic and Computation via Quantum Mechanics
You yank his tail in New York and he meows in Los Angeles.
Radiowave Neutrino Detection