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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 robbers attempted to smash open a cash machine attached to Balti Express on Pershore Road in Cotteridge, only to leave empty-handed after failing to "yank it out".
Although Johnson suggests that Yank pilots developed an egalitarian attitude towards the lowly "erks" who serviced their aircraft (one of the several ways the Americans appalled their British commanders), he does not research this interesting point (122-224).
Every so often, though, he forcibly yanks me out of my reverie and almost yanks my shoulder out of its socket, usually when he is just not ready to end one of these constitutional endeavours.
"A lot of people who work here all hang out together," Yank said.
KEYWORDS: The Hairy Ape, Eugene O'Neill, Yank, anarcho-primitivism, civilization, disintegration, revolt.
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.
TOMORROW'S TOP TIPS SOUTHWELL: 1.55 Silly Billy, 2.25 Travel, 3.00 Turnbuckle, 3.35 THE DANDY YANK (NAP), 4.05 Spitfire, 4.40 Daliance, 5.10 Frankthetank.
US-born, retired boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Canadian billionaire and philanthropist Yank Barry visited Sunday the refugee shelter and camp in the southern Bulgarian town of Harmanli with a delegation from Barry's Foundation that helps refugees.
Unraced through injury, Mustang Yank achieved only modest success in Britain prior to Capel Yankee's success, siring the Category Two Rye St Leger victor Ard Surge, a handful of Category Three winners and the St Leger finalist Local Knowledge.
Musical numbers: "Rememb'ring You," "Yank," "Polishing Shoes," "Saddest Gal What Am," "Betty," "Click," "Letters," "Blue Twilight,' "A Couple of Regular Guys," "Movie Night: The Bright Beyond," "Your Squad Is Your Squad," "Credit to the Uniform," "Just True," "Stuck in a Cell," "Finale/Rememb'ring You."
Yank updates again his guide for intermediate and advanced web designers, first published in 2001, to keep up with changes in the two free software packages, and in the technology and climate of the web.
Aussies can be strange folks, especially when it comes to understanding us "Yanks." For one thing, they seem to think all Yanks know each other, or at least, we know someone who knows the other Yank.