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yank off

To pull, tug, or jerk someone or something off (of someone or something else) very suddenly or forcefully. A noun or pronoun can be used between "yank" and "off." The magician yanked off the sheet, revealing that his assistant had disappeared. My dog yanked me off my feet when he started running after a squirrel. The police officer yanked the assailant off of the victim and put him in handcuffs.
See also: off, yank
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

yank someone or something off (of) something

 and yank someone or something off
to jerk someone or something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) She yanked the coffeepot off the counter and ran upstairs. She yanked off the box lid.
See also: off, yank

yank something off

to pull or jerk off something, such as a piece of clothing. She yanked her jacket off. She yanked off her jacket and threw it on the chair.
See also: off, yank
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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