yank on

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.