from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a quick, evasive turn: "He jinked every five seconds, and now brought his tank left again” ( Tom Clancy).
  • transitive v. To cause (a vehicle or an aircraft, for example) to make a quick, evasive turn.
  • n. A quick, evasive turn.
  • n. Rambunctious play; frolic.

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  • n. A quick evasive turn.
  • v. To make a quick evasive turn.
  • v. To cause a vehicle to make a quick evasive turn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To move quickly, esp. with a sudden turn; hence, to dodge; to escape by a quick turn; -- obs. or dial., except as a hunting term in pig-sticking.
  • intransitive v. In the games of spoilfive and forty-five, to win the game by taking all five tricks; also, to play to win all five tricks, losing what has been already won if unsuccessful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move nimbly.
  • To make a quick turn; dodge; elude a person by dodging; escape.
  • In the card-games of spoil-five and forty-five, to win the game by winning all the tricks in one hand.
  • To elude; dodge.
  • To cheat; trick.
  • To jingle; chink: as, the money jinked.
  • n. A quick illusory turn; the act of eluding another.
  • n. In the card-games of spoil-five and forty-five, the winning of all the tricks in a hand by one side.
  • n. The sharp jingle of coins; hence, coin itself; chink.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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  • Some were the briefest imaginable record of a human life that had been extinguished in a random and unnecessary manner, perhaps by the tiniest jink on an aerial turn or the slightest misjudgment of pressure from a foot on the rudder bar.


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  • (verb) - To trick; to give the jink, to elude . . . John Jamieson derives the word from the Swedish dwink-a and the German schwinken, to move quickly.

    --Charles Mackay's Dictionary of Lowland Scotch, 1888

    January 15, 2018

  • “As he dived in on the target in his A-4, his surface-to-air missile warning system sounded: A SAM had a lock on him. ‘I knew I should roll out and fly evasive maneuvers,’ McCain writes. ‘The A-4 is a small, fast’ aircraft that ‘can outmaneuver a tracking SAM.’

    But McCain didn't ‘jink.’ Instead, he stayed on target and let fly his bombs — just as the SAM blew his wing off.�?

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