Phrasal Verbs

jerk around

This page is about the phrasal verb jerk around

American English INFORMAL


If someone jerks you around, they treat you badly or they deceive you in some way.


mess around, mistreat

For example

  • jerk sb/sth around I wish the insurance company would stop jerking us around and just pay us the money they owe us.

  • be jerked around by sb/sth If you think you're being jerked around by a company you've bought something from, you should see the people at the consumer protection agency.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If you're being jerked around by somebody, you'll probably feel

a. really good

b. quite angry

c. very sore

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