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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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On May 9, Yanks again went to see his mum and refused to leave.
Award-winning brewer Stan Shaw, of Wapping Beers, based at Liverpool pub the Baltic Fleet, used three different American hops - Cascade, Palisade and Chinook - to produce the Cunard Yanks ale.
Leicester's Leon Lloyd touched down for two late scores and replacement Tom Voyce also joined in the fun before the Yanks rallied with three of their own.
Last week it was claimed in the South East that Yanks were touring old graveyards during the summer searching for broken headstones bearing their surnames.
One reason, Reynolds suggests, was that American off-duty uniforms were designed to make the Yanks look good, unlike the hobnailed Tommies who had to socialize in what amounted to battle dress.
Although initially the Government and Yanks did not see eye to eye on this issue, both parties worked cooperatively for months to find a solution that made sense.
The first Yanks Weekend was held to celebrate the local filming of the 1979 Hollywood movie Yanks, starring Richard Gere, which used locations in Uppermill and Dobcross.
Yanks had been jailed three times for violence, with a total of 18 convictions for 35 offences including seven against the person, said prosecutor Sue Jacobs.
The Yanks were second four years ago, but three-time winner Italy is superior to the Portuguese and the Czechs are much stronger than Poland was.
Many of them worked as waiters and stewards on Cunard's passenger ships, earning lucrative tips from wealthy passengers When the Cunard Yanks were home, they could be seen strutting about the city or at dances in their stylish clothes.
The yucky Yanks have helped send a once- entertaining show down the toilet.
He will visit the lakeside villages of Terryglass and Kilbarron and also open a newly refurbished bar, the Yanks, in Borrisokane, his mother's home village.