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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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Petersburg Times--caused the DMV to reverse its position and establish a committee to review all complaints before arbitrarily yanking a tag.
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.