yank on

yank on (someone or something)

To pull or tug at someone or something continually or with sudden force. The lifeguard yanked on the child to get him out of the water. Quit yanking on my arm like that! I kept yanking on the rebar, but I couldn't get it out of the cement.
See also: on, yank

yank on something

to pull or tug on something. Don't yank on my hair! Yank on this rope to send a signal to the worker on the floor above.
See also: on, yank
References in classic literature ?
His lips were pursed for the piercing whistle for which he was famous and which Daylight knew of old, when Daylight, with a hook of his leg and a yank on the shoulder, slammed the startled Bill down into his seat.