English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to pull (someone or something) with a sharp movement
She yanked the child back into the house.
Synonyms
pull
I helped pull him out of the water.
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tug
A little boy tugged at her sleeve excitedly.
, ,
seize
an otter seizing a fish
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snatch
He snatched the telephone from me.
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pluck
He plucked the pen from behind his ear.
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wrench
They wrenched open the passenger door and got into the car.
(noun) 
Definition
a sudden pull or jerk
Grabbing his ponytail, Shirley gave it a yank.
Synonyms
pull
The tooth must be removed with a firm, straight pull.
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tug
My head was snapped backwards by a tug on my air hose.
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jerk
She gave the dog's lead a jerk.
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wrench
The rope stopped his fall with a wrench that hurt his ribs.
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tweak
a tweak on the ear

Additional synonyms

in the sense of jerk
She gave the dog's lead a jerk.
in the sense of pluck
Definition
to sound the strings of (a musical instrument) with the fingers or a plectrum
He plucked the pen from behind his ear.
Synonyms
in the sense of seize
Definition
to take hold of forcibly or quickly
an otter seizing a fish
Synonyms
snap up,
latch on to,
lay hands on,
catch or take hold of

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