yank at Informal
Meaning: If you yank at something, you pull it repeatedly.Synonym: pull at
- 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.
Kerry was walking along the street when a man grabbed her handbag and started yanking at it. He must have been trying to