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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.
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yank someone or something off (of) somethingand 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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.