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yank at Informal

Meaning: If you yank at something, you pull it repeatedly.

Synonym: pull at

For example:

  • yank at sth I had to yank at Terry's arm to get him to follow me.

  • yank at sth The girls were fighting madly, scratching each other and yanking at each other's hair.

Quick Quiz:

Kerry was walking along the street when a man grabbed her handbag and started yanking at it. He must have been trying to
  1. open it
  2. steal it
  3. see inside it

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