(When used in reference to an American) Alternately used as a derogative and as a term of affection by various peoples of the world.

Also a verb, synonymous with jerk.

In (X)Emacs, the opposite of `kill'. Text deleted with kill-something gets put on the kill ring. C-y (yank) reinserts the stretch of killed text most recently killed (or yanked).

So in Emacs, cut and paste is really kill and yank.

See yank-pop for how to access older portions of the kill ring.

Yank (?), n. [Cf. Scot. yank a sudden and severe blow.]

A jerk or twitch.

[Colloq. U. S.]

 

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Yank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yanked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Yanking.]

To twitch; to jerk.

[Colloq. U. S.]

 

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Yank, n.

An abbreviation of Yankee.

[Slang]

 

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