1. to drag, to pull.
|Karl Marx (1999) n.p.: The constabulary [...] began to beat up people’s heads until the blood ran profusely, yanked individuals here and there out of the vast multitude [...] and dragged them to the improvised blockhouses.despatch to Neue Oder-Zeitung 9 Feb. in Wheen|
|A Visit to Nantucket in(1872) 649: He yanked and yanked, but the sapling wouldn’t come, and thar he was caught in his own trap.|
|Golden Butterfly III 209: Get John, and yank them both to bed.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 Oct. 9/3: All the other clerks [...] ‘yank’ him half-way home.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 199: Mr. Bull just yanked out a gun as long as your arm.|
|‘A Day on a Selection’ in Roderick (1972) 43: The youngster cautiously takes hold of the least sore teat [and] yanks it suddenly.|
|Magnet 29 Feb. 2: He doesn’t want to yank him off by the ears!|
|Firefly 9 Dec. 1: Last week I had all the furniture yanked out of my flat.|
|Ulysses 406: Alexander J. Christ Dowie, that’s yanked to glory most half this planet from Frisco Beach to Vladivostock.|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 148: She yanked David towards their landmark.|
|Really the Blues 6: The cop yanked his .38 out.|
|Always Leave ’Em Dying 103: I had to start shaking his follower’s faith in his magnificence, had to yank off the halo that Trammelites thought their master wore.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 19: Harry asked her if she wanted him to yank the knife out.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 58: Yanking the bag over his shoulder he tramped into the dinette.|
|London Embassy 83: I thought he was going to yank his ear off.|
|Guardian 24 July 27: The latecomer would be yanked aboard by fellow passengers.|
|Experience 362: Todd Berman had just yanked out a molar in my underjaw.|
|Chicken (2003) 9: I try to yank away, but I can’t move.|
|Rolling Stone 14 Oct. [Internet] They were free to yank support from Trump if they thought it would help them win in November.|
2. to arrest.
|Tramping with Tramps 280: The bulls around here don’t care to yank a tramp unless they have to.|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 120: The cops at Port Authority yanked him.|
|Gutted 30: Facing a ten-stretch for counterfeiting [...] Ralph Lauren shirts. He was yanked with a warehouse full of them.|
3. (US) to victimize, to harass, to dupe; thus yanking n.
|Gentle Grafter (1915) 228: I had been counting on yanking the yeomen for two hundred at least.‘The Ethics of Pig’ in|
|White Light Nights 8: The crudest sort of ‘yokel yanking’ in New York is done by the itinerant fur salesmen. [...] They palm off five-dollar furs for thirty dollars.|
4. to masturbate; usu. in phrs. below; thus yanking n.
|‘The Four Wives’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 26: Old airmen never die, / They yank themselves away.|
|San Diego Sailor 8: It finally got so I’d have to yank every so often to get rid of my load.|
|Faggots 96: [He] yanked his full-grown penis to a gigantically pleasurable orgasm.|
|Cartoon City 41: Just kissing and a spot of groping, followed by some yanking and a bit of caressing.|
5. to remove.
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 92: If they yanked his favorite scene they could take his name off the picture.|
|Jungle Kids (1967) 135: I thought your license had been yanked.‘The Beatings’ in|
|(con. WWII) Deathmakers 197: No shit, Captain, don’t you think you could yank her ass out of my tank?|
|Tourist Season (1987) 27: If I’d been here that morning, I’d have yanked that column.|
6. (US campus, also yoink) to steal.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 4: gank – steal [...] Also yank.|
|Hope College ‘Dict. of New Terms’ [Internet] yoink v. tr. To take something from someone else, or from someone else’s territory.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 4: GANK – steal something; borrow temporarily [...] Also YANK, YOINK.|
to earn, to win money; thus yank-down n., a profit, a commission .
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 83: I’d yanked down $2,000 on Long Bridge’s win. [Ibid.] 388: My yank-down was eighty dollars.|
|More Ex-Tank Tales 130: A little yank-down I made out in Illinois.|
|Transcript Foster Inq. in Perverts by Official Order (1989) 54: I might have what they call, yanked someone off . . .|
|Speed3 (penultimate draft) in Father Ted (1999) 292/2: I’m having to yank meself off round the clock ’cause I’m not getting any proper sex with girls [OED].|
|Number One Adult Sexual Health Terms Advisor [Internet] Masturbation Slang Male Terms: [...] yank off or yank the crank/plank/yoyo.|
(US) to masturbate.
|in Zappa ‘Punky’s Whips’ [lyrics] Why, maybe he’d like to yank my crank? / YANK IT PUNKY! YANK IT FASTER! / YANK IT HARDER!|
|Prison Sl. 63: Yankin’ the Crank Masturbation. (Archaic: snap the whip).|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 76: It was all he could do to get himself soaped up [...] without reaching down to yank his meat.|
to irritate someone, to annoy someone, to remind or distract someone forcibly.
|Llama Parlour 41: ‘Are you yankin’ my chain?’ she snapped.|
|Dreamcatcher 583: Continue to yank my crank, soldier, and I will put a bullet in you.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 27: Don’t focking yank my chain, dude.|
(US prison) to confront a fellow-inmate with a secret they do not wish to be revealed.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Yanked His Coat (or Jacket): Finding out and confronting another prisoner with something he or she may be hiding. Also, ‘Jam.’.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: yank the plank euph. To spank your plank.|
to bring up or educate a child roughly, without controls, manners or discipline.
|Gangster Girl 20: I was yanked up the same way.|