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1. a slang word for an American
2. US informal
short for Yankee
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]
(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
" is more common elsewhere.
References in periodicals archive
Petersburg Times--caused the DMV to reverse its position and establish a committee to review all complaints before arbitrarily yanking
Then Mama comes in and yanks Dani's arm for yanking
my arm and making me cry but Dani doesn't scream or cry.
A little girl ran up and started yanking
at my sleeve, complaining that the boys ``weren't being nice.