Synonyms of 'yank'
to pull (someone or something) with a sharp movementShe yanked the child back into the house.
a sudden pull or jerkGrabbing his ponytail, Shirley gave it a yank.
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in the sense of pluck
to sound the strings of (a musical instrument) with the fingers or a plectrumHe plucked the pen from behind his ear.
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