1. [mid-19C+] to drag, to pull.
2. [late 19C+] to arrest.
3. [1900s] (US) to victimize, to harass, to dupe; thus yanking n.
4. [1910s+] to masturbate; usu. in phrs. below; thus yanking n.
5. [1940s+] to remove.
6. [1990s+] (US campus, also yoink) to steal.
[late 19C–1900s] to earn, to win money; thus yank-down n., a profit, a commission .
[1910s+] to masturbate.
[1970s+] (US) to masturbate.
[1970s+] to masturbate.
[1960s+] to irritate someone, to annoy someone, to remind or distract someone forcibly.
[2000s] (US prison) to confront a fellow-inmate with a secret they do not wish to be revealed.
[1990s+] to masturbate.
[1930s+] to bring up or educate a child roughly, without controls, manners or discipline.