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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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The results, above: There, on the strip's shiny side, was a microscopic land of jutting mountains of zit-producing grime yanked from the pores.
The 18-wheeler in front of him accidentally clipped a phone line and that brought it down and yanked him off the motorcycle,'' said Officer Bob MacGregor of the Valley Traffic Division.
Although there's no money and cast members can be yanked at any time for temporary duty assignments, the Actors Anonymous theater group gets by with plenty of that Andy Hardy ``Hey, gang let's put on a show'' spirit.
As Ivan Pupulidy watched in disbelief and horror Saturday, two men lured his pet hawk away from him during a training session, yanked the raptor into their pickup truck and sped away.
A boy yanked hard at my arm, complaining that some other boys were cheating at four-square, a game they were playing.
ABC then yanked it for retooling, and after a two-month hiatus returned it on a new night, Mondays.