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Yank

1. a slang word for an American
2. US informal short for Yankee

Yank

steamship stoker vainly tries to climb the social ladder, then fails in attempt to avenge himself on society. [Am. Drama: O’Neill The Hairy Ape in Sobel, 339]
See: Failure

yank

(jargon)
(From the colloquial meaning "to pull suddenly") To insert a copy of some saved text at the current position in a document being edited.

The term is used in the Unix text editors GNU Emacs and vi but "paste" is more common elsewhere.

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Strangely, it is not A Yank in the RAF, starring Tyrone Power and Betty Grable, presumably the source for the title of this book.
She said Yanks appeared to be drunk and became aggressive toward his mum.
Award-winning brewer Stan Shaw, of Wapping Beers, based at Liverpool pub the Baltic Fleet, used three different American hops - Cascade, Palisade and Chinook - to produce the Cunard Yanks ale.
Closer inspection revealed it to be a range of hot dessert sauces used by the overweight yanks as a `wonderful topper' on oatmeal and pancakes.
And the Yanks haven't imposed 25,000-plus regulations and directives upon us during the last 30 years.
Leicester's Leon Lloyd touched down for two late scores and replacement Tom Voyce also joined in the fun before the Yanks rallied with three of their own.
Last week it was claimed in the South East that Yanks were touring old graveyards during the summer searching for broken headstones bearing their surnames.
One reason, Reynolds suggests, was that American off-duty uniforms were designed to make the Yanks look good, unlike the hobnailed Tommies who had to socialize in what amounted to battle dress.
Although initially the Government and Yanks did not see eye to eye on this issue, both parties worked cooperatively for months to find a solution that made sense.
And on August 8 and 9 the success of the film will be celebrated at a Yanks weekend in Uppermill.
Steven Yanks, 28, from Middlesbrough, admitted to police that he had also beaten up Sheila Marie Yanks, 45, when he was younger, Teesside Crown Court was told yesterday.