• The Yank
    The Yank
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Yanking (Scot.) active:
    • adj Yanking (U.S.) pulling, jerking
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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


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. prov. jakka, to rove about, Ice. jaga, to move about.


In literature:

When the Yanks come, I never will forget one of 'em was named John Morgan.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
He shouted orders, and to his surprise Togi did obey, leaving him free to yank Taggi away.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
When Garlock touched the knob of the testing-box he yanked his hand away before it had really made contact.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
Barrent tried to keep his grip on the arm, but it was yanked away.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
The horse got scared and yanked me around, and just then Harry got his knife into me.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
I pulled upon the handles, but I couldn't check it up, And I yanked and sawed and hollowed but the darned thing wouldn't stop.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
But look at that big bass I yanked in, would you?
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
She went over and over, yanking down all the way on the flight controls.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
There, didn't you see the way he yanked his head up that time?
"Fred Fenton on the Crew" by Allen Chapman
And yanked her to the center to dance the dreamy whirls.
"Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp" by Various

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:

Osuna, House and Yanke (from left).
Brett Gardner, Yanks agree at $2.85M.
Yanks Host "Fight Night" in the Bronx .
Burnett rocked in Yanks loss to Twins.
Theta Chi yanks local chapter charter.
"The Hobbit," the first of three movies to be yanked out of J.R.R.
So you've seen "A Charlie Brown Christmas" more times than Lucy has yanked away that football.
Broadwell & Kelley Military Security Clearance Yanked.
Comp Free Agents Include Three Yanks.
Robinson Cano HR lifts Yanks by Mets in Subway Series finale.
Yanks win with old guard, not Gardy.
Yanks send Nova to minors to make room for Hughes.
Yanks nip Orioles in 12.
No Doubt yanks 'Looking Hot' video amid racism charges.
No Doubt Has Yanked a Cowboys-and-Indians-Themed Video After Getting Complaints from Native Americans.

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