Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A smart blow.
  • noun A great falsehood; a plumper.
  • noun Same as yankie, 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who yanks, or gives a sudden hard pull
  • noun Scotland A brazen lie

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who gives a strong sudden pull

Etymologies

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yank +‎ -er

Examples

  • Who, I take it, is channeled in the final scenes of I Am Sam, as Sean Penn revives a speech from my very favorite 1970s DH tear-yanker, Kramer vs. Kramer.

    Melissa Kirsch: When the Soundtrack is Better Than the Movie

  • While Rove and Limbaugh, the diaxis of evil, have their old crank-yanker with the dicey health records hooked up to adrenalized life-support, they have their v-p candidate hooked up to the info-injection machine.

    Kate Clinton: I Can See Manchuria

  • Extraordinarily interesting thread--Thanks to integrity for disclosing he is simply a bomb thrower, chain yanker and disrupter of the peace.

    Look at the movement on Gallup's "strong and decisive leader" graph.

  • Last night some yanker used my name on a thread, so I had to file a complaint with Judd about it.

    Think Progress » McCain: Bush Escalation Is Too Small

  • A male friend cut his hair & shaved off his beard for the first time in a decade when it became too much trouble with the little yanker.

    Monday baby blogging: Daddy is the best mattress

  • Charles Krauthammer, chain-yanker: Most of our pundits enjoy the moral advantage of not being smart enough to realize when they are misleading the public.

    Archive 2005-11-20

  • Charles Krauthammer, chain-yanker: Most of our pundits enjoy the moral advantage of not being smart enough to realize when they are misleading the public.

    Charles Krauthammer, chain-yanker

  • Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Charles Krauthammer, chain-yanker skip to main

    Charles Krauthammer, chain-yanker

  • And again, all this time -- a very short time, considering the changes it made in everybody concerned -- Ferriday was Kedzie's alternate hope and despair, good angel and bad, uplifter and down-yanker.

    We Can't Have Everything

  • I'm sure he gets this a lot, and I know I'm not the only person who thought this, but I just imagined the grown-up Cameron from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' wielding that tooth yanker as his angst-ridden Excalibur, extracting (no pun intended) his revenge on the evils of the world.

    TV Squad

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