jerk away

jerk away

1. To pull back or away from someone or something very quickly or abruptly. He jerked away when I tried to pat him on the shoulder. The dog jerked away from the beehive after being stung on the nose.
2. To yank someone or something away from someone or something else very quickly or abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "jerk" and "away." I had barely made it through the first paragraph when my older brother jerked away my book. The officer jerked the hostage away from the criminal.
See also: away, jerk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Pofahl's head would jerk away violently if he accidentally made eye contact with the public, and he spent most of this section addressing imaginary playgoers a few inches above our heads, rather than the actual spectators in front of him.
That said, Washington's Rick Neuheisel went way overboard and is lucky the Huskies didn't jerk away the life preserver last week when he was caught not only telling a lie to reporters, but having the university put out a false statement on its Web page after he'd also misled his boss about his interest in becoming the head coach of the 49ers.
If the snake does bite, do not attempt to jerk away. Often snakes go through the striking motions but will not make contact -- an indication they were not terribly afraid and were practicing restraint.
I can touch him and hold his hand - before he would jerk away from me.
"It's like when you jerk away our electricity it takes people back down to the stuff that really matters: their hearts and souls.