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jerk off

1. noun vulgar slang A thoroughly incompetent, foolish, bumbling, or useless person. I can't believe that jerk off got elected to the Senate! Get off the road before you kill someone, jerk off!
2. verb vulgar slang To masturbate or bring someone to orgasm, especially a male.
3. verb vulgar slang To waste or pass time idly or by doing nothing. Would you quit jerkin' off and help me move this sofa out to the truck?
See also: jerk, off

jerk (one's) chain

To tease someone, often by trying to convince him or her of something untrue. Quit jerking my chain, I know there isn't a Hollywood director calling me right now. I love jerking my sister's chain—it's almost too easy to annoy her.
See also: chain, jerk

beat someone or something off

to drive someone or something away by beating. They beat the enemy off. The army beat off the savage attack, saving the town. I was able to beat off the intruder.
See also: beat, off

jack around

 and jerk around
sl. to waste time. Stop jacking around and get some work done! The kids spend most of the day jerking around.
See also: around, jack

jack someone around

 and jerk someone around
Sl. to give someone a difficult time; to harass someone. Come on! Stop jacking me around! Max started jerking Lefty around, and it looked as if there was going to be trouble. You jack around everyone you know!
See also: around, jack

jerk someone around

 and jerk someone over
to hassle someone; to waste someone's time. Stop jerking me around and give me my money back. They sure like to jerk around people in that music shop.
See also: around, jerk

jerk someone or something out of something

 and jerk someone or something out
to pull someone or something out of something sharply and quickly. She jerked the baby out of the crib and ran from the burning room. I jerked the puppy out of the mud. She jerked out the puppy before it got soaked.
See also: jerk, of, out

jerk something away (from someone, something, or an animal)

to snatch something away or quickly pull something back from someone or an animal. I jerked the bone away from the dog. Kelly jerked the ant poison away from the child. Mary jerked her hand away from the fire.
See also: away, jerk

jerk something off (of) someone or something

 and jerk something off
to snatch or quickly pull something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Alice jerked the top off the box and poured out the contents. She jerked off the box top.
See also: jerk, off

jerk something out of someone or something

 and jerk something out
to pull something out of someone or something quickly. The doctor jerked the arrow out of Bill's leg. He jerked out the arrow.
See also: jerk, of, out

jerk something up

 
1. to pull something up quickly. He jerked his belt up tight. He jerked up the zipper to his jacket.
2. to lift up something, such as ears, quickly. The dog jerked its ears up. The dog jerked up its ears when it heard the floor creak. The soldier jerked his binoculars up to try to see the sniper.
See also: jerk, up

knee-jerk reaction

Fig. an automatic or reflex reaction; an immediate reaction made without examining causes or facts. With one of his typical knee-jerk reactions, he said no immediately, citing some moral argument that no one understood.
See also: reaction

jerk somebody around

to deceive someone about whether or not you intend to do something They've been jerking us around for a long time, first by not offering us a contract or then by saying they won't sign one.
See also: around, jerk

jerk off

(rude)
to rub your sex organs with your hand The only naked male I saw before I got married was a farm worker jerking off in a barn.
See also: jerk, off

beat off

Repulse, drive away by blows, as in We tried to beat off the flying ants swarming about us. Originating in the mid-1600s in a military context, this term was being used for other activities by the mid-1700s.
See also: beat, off

jerk around

Take unfair advantage of, manipulate or deceive, as in Leave me alone; quit jerking me around! or He was jerking you around when he said he was home all evening. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: around, jerk

jerk off

Also, jack off. Masturbate, as in His roommate was always jerking off. [ Vulgar slang; first half of 1900s]
See also: jerk, off

beat off

v.
1. To drive someone or something away, especially by fighting or hitting: Two robbers attacked me on the subway, but I beat them off with my bag. After a long battle, the soldiers beat off the invaders.
2. To defeat someone or something in a competition: Our company intends to beat off our rivals for the contract. The visiting team was behind us for most of the game, but beat us off squarely in the end.
3. Vulgar Slang To masturbate. Used of males.
See also: beat, off

jerk around

v.
1. Slang To waste time: They jerked around for hours instead of doing their homework.
2. To take unfair advantage of someone, especially by deception or manipulation: Don't jerk me around; tell me what's going on. The con artist jerked around the unsuspecting tourists at the carnival.
See also: around, jerk

jerk off

v. Vulgar Slang
To masturbate. Used chiefly of males.
See also: jerk, off

beat off

and ball off and jack off and jag off and jerk off and pull oneself off and toss off and wack off and wank off and whack off and whank off and whip off
1. in. to masturbate. (Usually objectionable.) They say if you beat off too much, you’ll get pimples.
2. in. to waste time; to waste one’s efforts; to do something inefficiently. The whole lot of them were jacking off rather than sticking to business. Stop whanking off and get on with your work!
See also: beat, off

jerk off

verb
See also: jerk, off

circle-jerk

1. n. a gathering of males performing mutual masturbation. (Partly jocular. Usually objectionable.) There were twelve boys involved in a circle-jerk, and the principal caught them.
2. n. a boring or time-wasting meeting. (From sense 1) That board meeting was the typical circle-jerk that it always is.

jack around

in. to waste time; to mess around. (Akin to jack off.) Stop jacking around and get busy.
See also: around, jack

jerk

n. a stupid or worthless person. (Now both males and females.) You are such a classic jerk!

jerk around

in. to waste time. All you do is jerk around. Get a move on!
See also: around, jerk

jerk off

in. to masturbate. (see also beat off. Usually objectionable.) That kid spends all his time jerking off.
See also: jerk, off

jerk someone around

and jerk someone over
tv. to hassle someone; to waste someone’s time. Stop jerking me around and give me my money back! We jerked him over for a while, but he still wouldn’t come across.
See also: around, jerk

jerk someone over

verb
See also: jerk

jerks

n. the delirium tremens. The old guy has the jerks.
See also: jerk

knee-jerk

mod. automatic; quick and without thought. That was only a knee-jerk response. Pay no attention.

soda jerk

Drug store counterman. Those of us old enough to remember when pharmacies sold nothing but medicine and medications, magazines and comic books, candy, and soda fountain treats, a man behind the zinc-and-marble counter made and dispensed sodas, frappes, milkshakes, malteds, and other ice cream–based concoctions, as well as banana splits, Cokes, lime rickeys, and dozens of other refreshments. He was the soda jerk, the name coming from the fountain dispensers with handles that he jerked down to pour seltzer and other soft drinks. For some unclear reason, women weren't soda jerks.
See also: jerk
References in classic literature ?
simultaneously, the chain on his collar jerked him up and back in the air, the rope on his hindquarters jerked that portion of him under, forward, and up, and the still short stick in Collins's hand hit him under the lower jaw.
And Michael went through the humiliating ordeal of being jerked erect on his hind legs by Johnny while Collins with the stick cracked him under the jaw and across the knees.
This jerked me out of that trance I was in and I said "No
Smith was fairly on the floor he jerked himself free and backed away.
The rope thus tightening on him in the sweep of the current, he was jerked under the surface, and under the surface he remained till his body struck against the bank and he was hauled out.
Hans snubbed the rope around the tree, and Buck and Thornton were jerked under the water.
Oofty-Oofty took a turn on a bitt, the rope tautened, and the Ghost, lunging onward, jerked the cook to the surface.
I took her out of a bad house," and he jerked his neck saying this; "but I love her and respect her, and any one who wants to know me," he added, raising his voice and knitting his brows, "I beg to love her and respect her.
She watched him as he raised the frame and jerked it down with a strong swiftness which her less powerful wrists had never been able to achieve.
Production of jerked meat has been started in Issyk-Kul region, assistant of the One Village One Product program Emil Shakir uulu said.
By contrast, the clean and jerk is a two-stage action - the bar is first brought up to the shoulders before being jerked over the head.