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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.
Everyone just hangs out together after work, Yank said.
We argue that Yank wishes not only to escape from his alienation but hopes to secure a natural order unsullied by the sophistications of technological life.
Along the way Yank meets Mildred, the picture of piety and grace, "bored of her own anaemia", shaping Yank's fury and desperation to be seen as an equal.
Timothy Lovat, of Edzell Property Management, who helped arrange the visit, added: "SK Boxing promotions were instrumental in helping pull this together at the last minute, and we extend an enormous thank you to Yank, Yvette, Evander and to everyone else who made the visit possible.
When Mitch rejects Stu, the latter is recruited by Yank reporter Attic (Jeffry Denman), who is searching for both a gay buddy and a staff photographer.
Second only to the popularity of the Yank pin-up girl was the Sad Sack cartoon, created by Sgt.
Draw for Saturday's semis with outright betting from Jem Racing - first: 1Holdenhurst Blue (6), 2 Spoton Ballinora (33), 3 Catwalk Diva (40), 4 Blakes World (3), 5 Donal The Yank (5), 6 Mountkeefe Ger (10).
As the action begins, Yank has achieved a modus vivendi within the
Less familiar was the Yank riposte that the British Tommy was "undersexed, underpaid, under fed, and under Eisenhower.
Ashore in New York, Yank schemes to destroy the factory owned by the woman's father, but his plans fail.
With reporters in every part of the globe, Yank was uninhibited, served only the GI, and made a remarkable reputation.