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jerk around

1. rude slang To waste or pass time idly or by doing nothing or engaging in foolish behavior. Stop jerking around and start cleaning this place up—my parents will be home soon!
2. rude slang To tease someone, often by trying to convince them of something untrue. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "jerk" and "around." Quit jerking me around, I know there isn't a Hollywood director calling me right now.
3. rude slang To waste someone's time, often by being indirect. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "jerk" and "around." I don't understand why they didn't just tell me no right away. Instead, they jerked me around for three weeks when I could have been looking for other jobs.
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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.
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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]
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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 around

in. to waste time. All you do is jerk around. Get a move on!
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Dancing with her hands fisted, she jerked around the stage, at times flinging herself at Neeck like some kind of killer insect.
There are a lot of people today being jerked around by the whole language vs.
They couldn't understand Bush." Fisher expresses the Iraqi reaction more simply: "They thought they were being jerked around."
Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., voiced concerns about being "jerked around" by the CIA and about the lack of trust between the agency and Congress 6 something Brennan vowed to repair.
It is fed by low-energy charged particles that are lifted into space over Earth's poles, carried behind the Earth in its magnetic tail, but then jerked around 180 degrees by a kink in the magnetic fields that boosts the particles back toward Earth in a region called the plasma sheet.
They don't even move off the frame when it is pulled out of the box, unless it is jerked around.
At that point, it becomes much easier to snap out of the trance state an evening at the theater sometimes induces and realize you are, in fact, being jerked around by someone more interested in inflaming passions than in making theater.
Clad in their signature black and white suits, the Swedes danced and jerked around as if demented by their primitive and stomping sound.
Kmart will need every friend it can get and a vendor who gets paid on time, is rewarded for loyalty and isn't being jerked around is just about the best friend you can have.
When Dominique's best friend accuses her of thinking she can buy everything, including Quentin, she replies, "Not buy, know." In pursuit of knowledge of her cryptic young lover, Dominique seeks out two acolytes from his past: an adoring transvestite named Chris (Vincent Lindon, conveying the sort of fragile authenticity that eluded William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Quentin's former sugar daddy Soukaz (Francois Berleand), who has long since tired of being jerked around by this unpredictable boy toy.
Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said she felt as if she had been "jerked around by every CIA director."