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informal Short for "Yankee."
1. An inhabitant or resident of the Northern United States. Primarily heard in US. Did that Yank really just insult Alabama? Those northerners may think they're better than us southerners, but I'm going to set him straight right now!
2. An American. Primarily heard in UK. I overheard two Yanks in the pub last night talking about their trip through Northern England.


informal To remove or withdraw (someone or something) very abruptly and unceremoniously. The academy yanked the emcee at the last minute after he took to social media with racist remarks ahead of the awards ceremony. We were forced to yank the course when we it came to light that the professor teaching it had plagiarized his PhD thesis.
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1. tv. to harass someone. (see also yank someone around.) Stop yanking me!
2. n. a Yankee; a U.S. soldier. (Usually Yank.) I don’t care if you call me a yank. That’s what I am.
3. in. to vomit. Somebody or some animal yanked on the driveway.


mod. arrested. (Underworld.) Lefty got himself yanked one too many times.
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