1. (also soda-juggler) a soda-fountain clerk; usu. as soda-jerker.
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1893) 289: A sensitive soda jerker, who has reformed, feels that it is worse than three card monte.|
|Pink Marsh (1963) 207: I do n’ wan’ no sody-juggleh out o’ no drug-stoah to stan’ round an’ rubbeh when I’m talking.|
|Lincoln Jrnl Star (NE) 26 June 8/4: Let every American drink deep [...] to His Nibs, the Soda Jerker.|
|DN IV:iii 229: soda-jerker, n. A man who dispenses drinks at a soda-fountain.‘A West Texas Word List’ in|
|Fighting Blood 5: I had to get a job [...] I landed one as soda jerker.|
|That Old Gang o’ Mine (1984) 49: That cheap soda-jerker! My only daughter in love with a soda-fountain!in Marschall|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 562: ‘Hot roasted peanuts!’ a greasy man, wearing a white soda-jerker’s coat, shouted.Judgement Day in|
|Dark Ship 221: He was a soda jerker in Frisco.|
|Progress-Index (Petersburg, VA) 1 Oct. 19/1: ‘Can I help you?’ asked a soda-jerker.|
2. a bartender; in combs. such as whiskey-jerker or beer-jerker under beer n.
|Gabriel Conroy II 311: Your suggestion, Peter [...] emanates from [...] an intellect weaked by Rum and Gum and the contact of Lager Beer Jerkers.|
|Crazy Kill 95: The club where you work as a whiskey jerker.|
3. a drinker; often as beer-jerker under beer n.
|True Drunkard’s Delight 233: A term for a drunkard [...] jerker.|