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yank, yank; Yank
yank (YANGK) (verb)
1. To suddenly pull something in a quick, forceful way: "Emma's child tried to yank the door shut."
2. To quickly or to suddenly remove something or someone: "The TV station decided to yank the program from tonight's schedule."
yank (YANGK) (verb)
A quick firm jerk or pull on something: "Gordon will yank on the string and undo the knot."
Yank (YANGK) (noun)
A short version of, or informal term for, Yankee: "Lynn chose Mark Twain as her favorite Yank because she loved his stories."

"Even though Donald was a Yank from the North and Emma was from the South, she loved him very much."

Jerome, the Yank, stood on the deck of the ship and with one fast yank, he was able to yank the flag up the pole so everyone was able to see it.

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yank (s) (noun), yanks (pl)
A strong, quick pull: Dorothy gave the door a good yank in order to close it.
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yank (YANGK) (verb), yanks; yanked; yanking
1. Snatched or pulled suddenly: The boy yanked the jump rope out of the girl's hand and threw it in the bushes.
2. Pulled out, extracted: The dentist yanked the abscessed tooth out of Bill's mouth.
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Yankee, Yank (YANG kee, YANGK) (s) (noun); Yankees, Yanks (pl)
1. New Englanders or those who come from the northern part of the U.S.: The whaling ship's crew consisted of Yankees.

The guy from Georgia claimed that he could out run any Yankee in the race.

2. United States members of a military organization: The Yanks distinguished themselves during the battle.

Historical background

The origin of Yankee has been the subject of much debate, but the most likely source is the Dutch name Janke, meaning "little Jan" or "little John", a nickname that dates back to the 1680s.

Perhaps because it was used as the name of pirates, the name Yankee came to be used as a term of contempt. It was used this way in the 1750s by General James Wolfe, the British general who secured British domination of North America by defeating the French at Quebec.

The name may have been applied to New Englanders as an extension of an original use referring to Dutch settlers living along the Hudson River. Whatever the reason, Yankee is first recorded in 1765 as a name for an inhabitant of New England.

The first recorded use of the term by the British to refer to Americans in general appears in the 1780s, in a letter by Lord Horatio Nelson. Around the same time it began to be abbreviated to Yank.

During the American Revolution, American soldiers adopted this term of derision as a term of national pride. The derisive use nevertheless remained alive and even intensified in the South during the Civil War, when it referred not to all Americans but to those loyal to the Union North.

During the "War Between the States", Southerners nicknamed their Northern enemies Yankees or damn Yankees; so, the term became a negative epithet again, and in some parts of the U.S. South, it still might be.

When someone from other countries refer to a person or people from the U.S., Yankee has been a synonym for "U.S. citizen" because immediately after the American Revolution, the friendliness or unfriendliness of its use varied depending on the historical circumstances.

Most of the time, the term carries less emotion except, of course, for certain baseball fans.

Family Word Finder; The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.;
Pleasantville, New York; 1975; page 892.
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