Phrasal Verbs

yank at

This page is about the phrasal verb yank at



If you yank at something, you pull it repeatedly.


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

a. open it

b. steal it

c. see inside it

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