Phrases with "jerked"

The shock of noise went through them all — Dora Wilmot leaned swiftly aside, Foster jerked himself back, and Anthony, violently released, brought his feet together and threw out his arms. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Virginia Woolf Then suddenly he jerked his head back and said some words in Greek: “[Greek text]. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

D. H. Lawrence The colliers standing by jerked aside their heads in hopeless comment. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis He breezed into the brown diminutiveness of the Merchants & Miners, but Mr. Topman, behind the bars, jerked back as though Neil were known to bite. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

William Hope Hodgson I knew what he was going to do, and suddenly he jerked out, with a painful attempt to grin, an explanation of his bandaged finger. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

Rudyard Kipling They had no wish to be jerked on to the track. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Algernon Blackwood At one time it looked as if he meant to fling himself upon “the intruder,” for his hand continually jerked towards the long hunting knife in his belt. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

George Borrow I jerked the horse with the bit, endeavouring to arouse his dormant spirit, whereupon he stopped, reared, and refused to proceed. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

He jerked his head in my direction. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. F. Benson With his fall the two poles that must momentarily have come into contact with his hand were jerked away again, and I lifted him and laid him on the floor. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

Virginia Woolf And suddenly, as they turned their steps to retrace their way, he jerked out: “The traffic’s very much increased, you know. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Henry James Dennis jerked out a sick protest. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Jack London The boat-puller obeyed, taking a turn around the little forward thwart and paying the line as it jerked taut. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry Lawson Soon he got deeply interested in the line, jerked it once or twice, and drew it in rapidly. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Henry James When he perceived me he jerked himself forward, and I stood looking at him without introducing myself—purposely, to give him a chance to recognise me. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Edith Wharton He jerked the trinket back, wrapped the box up, and pushed it into his pocket with the exasperated sense of blushing like a boy over his blunder. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

They jerked themselves up stiffly and turned sharply in their chairs, regarding one another as far as their blinking and dazed condition would permit with hostile and suspicious eyes. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Arthur Morrison Mrs. Grimes screwed her red nose at the woman before her, jerked up her crushed bonnet, and plucked her rusty skirt across her knees with the proper virtuous twitch. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

He jerked up his head and looked so bewildered that Freya insisted impatiently: “I mean Antonia. You have bruised her arm. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle As he ran he jerked his hands up and down, waggled his head, and writhed his face into the most extraordinary contortions. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Virginia Woolf And now at the age of ninety-two they saw nothing but a zigzag of pain wriggling across the door, pain that twisted her legs as it wriggled; jerked her body to and fro like a marionette. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Oh, come inside, will you? I’ll give you one,” and he jerked his head towards the doorway from where he’d just come. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Virginia Woolf But then, to her regret, the cabman jerked his reins, the horse stumbled on; the cab stopped two doors lower down. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Jack London He jerked his shoulder petulantly away from the grip of his questioner. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Mr. Coningsby’s raised foot had come down on something that jerked and heaved under it. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Then, with a deep sigh of resignation, he jerked up the receiver and asked for a number. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

When Robb jerked the third bell, David entered the pulpit and began with prayer. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Edith Wharton Whenever he did so, the room jerked him back into the circle of its insistent associations. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle Rough hands seized her, she was jerked to her feet, and dragged with scream on scream to where John Sharkey awaited her. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

After an interminable traversing, the turnkey, still with his hand on my sleeve, jerked me into my familiar cell. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Exactly like a great flame rose the simultaneous yell of the crowd as the boy jerked and got the flag loose. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy What are we to do when he wakes? Shall we go up to him now and wait for it?” Hilary jerked his brother’s sleeve. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

He jerked it sharply; the grasp of whatever held it grew tighter, and something slid round the other ankle and held fast. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Jack London The hand was jerked back, and the teeth came together emptily with a sharp click. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

H. Rider Haggard We rushed forward in terror, and as we drew near we saw the brawny warrior making dig after dig at the prostrate Good, who at each prod jerked all his limbs into the air. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Handel Richardson Almost simultaneously she jerked her head away, and, turning a dark red, stared incredulously at him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy He had made a queer motion with both hands and jerked his head towards the stairs. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis Peeping from the covers she saw his teeth pinch his lower lip, saw him scowl as he slackened and sawed and jerked sharply again at the racing horses. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton The unexpected question jerked him back out of his supineness. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It’s hell for the three of you, I say,” he shouted in Russian. His right hand jerked out of his overcoat pocket. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She had been with them for almost a decade and she fell on her knees and cried until Dick jerked her to her feet and gave her three hundred francs. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Lawson We went for’ard and met an old sailor, who glared at us, jerked his thumb at the coast and growled: “That’s where the Dunbar went down. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

As he lay there he found himself jerked violently backwards and forwards as though some enormous beast below were rocking the whole building on its back. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Henry Lawson Whenever the draught horse’s knees gave way and he stumbled forward, he jerked the lighter horse back into the plough, and something would break. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Sinclair Lewis Only —” The dean irritably sat down in a cane-seated rocker, jerked off his shoes, grunted, drew on his slippers. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

They both laughed heartily, and then the driver jerked his head in the direction of the little inn. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Virginia Woolf The jerked limbs were still again. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Mary Webb Then he jerked his thumb over his shoulder towards Hazel. ‘What? —‘er?’ he queried in ecstasies of mirth. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

R. D. Blackmore Really he could say nothing more, except that they looked beautiful; and when Mrs. Jellicorse jerked her head, he said that he only meant, of course, considering their time of life. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Nancy jerked violently and cried out: “Nothing can stop it. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

John Galsworthy Not live one’s own life again, but just stand there and bask in the smile of a woman’s eyes, and enjoy the bouquet! And he jerked his hand; the dog Balthasar had reached up and licked it. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then, digging her in the ribs, he jerked his head at me. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle I pulled up, therefore, and had dismounted to take my observations, when my brute of a charger gave the bridle a twitch, jerked itself free, and was off in an instant over hedges and ditches. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Abraham Merri She jerked Tibur back from the verge. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Henry Handel Richardson Stiffly Mahony jerked himself up into the high vehicle and took the reins. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells He jerked upward and once more he gained on his enemy. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Juju caught the big red by the comb and held on viciously until Miguel jerked him away. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

The war had jerked me out of the old life I’d known, but in the queer period that came afterwards I forgot it almost completely. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Erratically it jerked and spun, with spasmodic torsion. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

He jerked his head in the direction of the Chase fence. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Let me go!’ With a sudden wrench he jerked himself away. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Virginia Woolf Then up he jerked it again on to his knee. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Hardacre jerked him up into a big chair, and, seeing no danger in his puny body, did not even trouble to tie him up. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Arthur Morrison At that the man grew more vehement, patted his breast pocket, jerked his thumb, and made dumb words with a great play of mouth. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Postie jerked his thumb across his shoulder at the House with the Green Shutters. “There’ll be chynges there the day,” he said, chirruping. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

One of them had his fist on my collar and jerked me out upon the hard road. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Abraham Merri He jerked his head up from the bed of his arms; looked stupidly at the chained wrists. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Lingard unbuttoned his jacket, flung it wide open and, inclining his body sideways a little, wiped his forehead with his hand, which he jerked sharply afterwards. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Meredith She divined immediately that it concerned Diana, and forcing him to speak to the point, she had the story jerked out to her in a sentence. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

If you have a fair start there is room for you to hide here,” and he jerked his thumb towards the pent-house. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H. Rider Haggard Otter jerked furiously at the rope, till by good luck one end of the stake slid over the edge of the hole and it fell among them. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

He threw himself into the attitude of a lunging fencer, to reach after his oilskin coat; and afterwards he staggered all over the confined space while he jerked himself into it. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Virginia Woolf The ladies smiled as she strode across the room and jerked up the top of the long window. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The tents are in the auld wife’s henhoose,” and he jerked his disreputable head in the direction of the back door. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

John Galsworthy A policeman reversed the direction of his white sleeves, the driver jerked his reins, and the van moved on, followed by a long line of motor vehicles. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Madame Levaille jerked her daughter away from the door, swung her round upon a seat close to the wall. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Abraham Merri Then throwing himself over her, holding her down by sheer weight, he jerked up her head, wound the scarf tightly around her mouth, tied it. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells He nodded his head, as if he tapped a nail with a hammer, jerked himself into activity, and returned to his proper place. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

William Hope Hodgson He jerked his head backwards and downwards. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Mr. Logan, the minister”— he jerked his head over at the manse —“was just saying to me the other day that ministers should have a tire-allowance as well as the pollis. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

The bottom of the heavy bottle struck the agent squarely between the eyes, and his head was jerked backwards over the top of his chair. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Sinclair Lewis Uncle Rob drove into the barn, jerked his thumb at a ladder up to the haymow and muttered, “Y’sleep up there. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing With, an effort, he jerked out the next words. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Jack London At last, when he could endure no more, he jerked his hands apart. Lost Face by Jack London

At the same moment the small-framed professor was seized roughly round the waist by a second man, jerked off his feet, and a large horny hand was placed over his mouth. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Virginia Woolf He fumbled with various phrases; and then jerked out: “I love Cassandra.” Mr. Hilbery’s face turned a curious dull purple. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Jack London The sticks were jerked out of her, deckhouses splintered to match-wood, rails ripped off, and, after the worst had passed, the covering boards began to go. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Virginia Woolf After a moment’s silence William jerked out: “I thought her affectionate?” “Extremely affectionate. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Arthur Morrison Then said Hewitt (I translate): “You’re not all Lees here, I see?” “Yes, pal, all Lees.” “But he’s not a Lee?” and Hewitt jerked his head towards the tent. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Algernon Blackwood Results, I mean,” he jerked out with an effort. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Then I made a pellet of earth from a crack in the paving stones and jerked it neatly on to her face. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Defiance, last resource of the hard pressed, drove me in two bold strides to the window, where I jerked the shade up. Serapion by Francis Stevens

The car was jerked to a standstill when it reached me. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Rudyard Kipling The people call him”— Adam jerked out some heathen phrase —“that means the Man with the Stone Eyes, you know. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

H. G. Wells The eastward stage, the one on Shooter’s Hill, appeared to lift; a flash changing to a tall grey shape, a cowled figure of smoke and dust, jerked into the air. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Andrews was very angry and jerked me by my arm and told me that if ever I spoke to a child again she would pinch me. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He jerked his thumb towards Reuben. “It’s Reube here,” he went on, “who thinks he’s lost his girl, who wants to put him out quick and give up the diamond. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

She fell on it; he jerked himself altogether out of his jacket, and she covered her face with the soiled rags. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Edith Wharton He jerked his thumb toward the heights. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

T. E. Lawrence The planks and cloth hangings twisted and jerked convulsively as the flames licked them up. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Treverton took a greasy clasp-knife out of the pocket of his dressing-gown, cut off a rasher of bacon, jerked the gridiron onto the fire, and began to cook his breakfast. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Marjorie Bowen She sat up suddenly on the bed, jerked to that posture by the sheer violence of her emotion, and put her fingers to her throat as if she would strangle herself with her own hands. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

James Joyce All human history moves towards one great goal, the manifestation of God. Stephen jerked his thumb towards the window, saying: — That is God. Hooray! Ay! Whrrwhee! — What? Mr Deasy asked. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He jerked his head forward and let out — so suddenly that both men jumped — a high-pitched shout, louder and stronger than any he had before been able to produce. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Anthony Hope I put out my arm to recover myself, and — I jerked my revolver on to the ground. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Powell seized his arm instinctively and checked his fall; but as soon as Mr. Smith was fairly on the floor he jerked himself free and backed away. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Rudyard Kipling She would have beaten her head on the floor, but he jerked it up, his palm beneath her chin, and dragged her to her feet. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Thomas Hardy She looked startled, jerked his foot warningly, and murmured, “Did I?” As soon as Elizabeth was gone to her own room Henchard resumed. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arnold Bennett Her fear became abject! “Can I move at all?” she thought, and madly jerked her head. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

His head flew back with an audible snap, his body jerked through the air, and sliding full length across the porch, brought up at the inner threshold. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton But whatever form the shock of evil might take, I think it jerked him out of the right development of his romantic nature; and was responsible for much that seemed random or belated in his life. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

He jerked away, but then drove his hand back and forced it to clasp the cripple’s. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

H. G. Wells He jerked up steeply, and found himself driving over south London with the air about him vacant. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Virginia Woolf He jerked his head at them, where they stood talking by the fireplace. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Virginia Woolf She jerked them as high as she could, and the fire blazed up. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Gissing When Mr. Lord had read it, he jerked a contemptuous laugh, and threw the sheet of note-paper across the table. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

She jerked the valise, and it opened. Mother by Maksim Gorky

He hates Tanbitches.” She jerked her chin at the opposite side of the valley. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Baldwin Spencer To cause a person to become thin and weak, spittle is put on the tips of the fingers, which are then bunched together and jerked in the direction of the former. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

G. K. Chesterton It jerked awkwardly up and down in a way unknown among meteors and strangely reminiscent of the works of man. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The horse by his side threw up his head as Brat’s sudden movement jerked the bit in his mouth. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Arnold Bennett Is Sowter here?” For answer, Dayson jerked his head towards an inner door. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, with a groan, his head jerked back, and it was all over with him. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Suddenly, then, something attracted his attention — I may have moved, or perhaps he heard me breathe — and he jerked his head round sharply and saw me standing there. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

D. H. Lawrence They may be getting a bit warm down there, you know”— he jerked his head in the direction of the fair. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He jerked back at each sentence, electrified, staring. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Cairns jerked his head in the direction of the unearthly cackle. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

It jerked itself forward, and rose slowly and uncouthly in the air. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

D. H. Lawrence She jerked him from his grip, and dragged him, struggling and kicking, to the front. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing With audacity so incredible that it all but made her laugh, Dymes, not heeding her inquiry, jerked out the personal application of his abstract remarks. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Abraham Merri With my other hand I gripped the thong that held the battle-hammer to Tibur’s arm and jerked him toward me. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Ivan Turgenev Sanin got on his feet, turned away hurriedly, put on the coat he had flung down, jerked out a word to Emil; the latter, too, put on his jacket, and they both immediately made off. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Henry James She remained in this position as if under a charm; then she jerked herself back to her work with the remark: “Florence will like that immensely. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

H. G. Wells One gets hit by some unusual transverse force, one is jerked out of one’s stratum and lives crosswise for the rest of the time, and, as it were, in a succession of samples. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Hope I dare say two,” and he jerked his thumb towards poor Herbert. “Or even,” he added, with his grim smile, “three — for our friend Boris, too, must be out of sight. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle Once he made as if he would drop his hands, but a short, stern word jerked them up again. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

M. P. Shiel As he touched the earth he jerked out circular. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

H. G. Wells Something — something of the nature of conscience — has suddenly jerked back the memory of that beer I drank at Hospenthal, and puts an accusing finger on the memory. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

G. K. Chesterton She jerked her thumb over her shoulder towards the invisible Conservative within and said, “I’ll have him ready by the ‘lection. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

D. H. Lawrence Do you mean us in this box, or the crew outside there?” he jerked his head towards the auditorium. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

He heard distinctly the rub of her body on the ground as he jerked her along. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

At the same instant she jerked open the door; and a hunchback who had been picking at the lock fell headlong into the room, his pistol exploding on the carpet in a streak of fire. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Here —’ “He dropped the lapels of the coat and, plunging his hand into his breast, jerked feverishly at something under his shirt. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

He jerked the man up above the pillow. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

H. G. Wells He felt the jerk of a clearance, the nose of the machine jerked upward steeply, and for a moment he seemed to be lying on his back. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

D. H. Lawrence Ciccio jerked his head towards Alvina. “Oh, allow me to carry them, Miss Houghton. He is not fit —” said Max. True, Ciccio had no collar on, and his shoes were burst. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton One of the window blinds was jerked up and there appeared at the window the unmistakable face and form which the Princess had beheld upon the cafe table. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

John Galsworthy Ah! but soon — but soon! And as if answering the call of his imagination a cry — long, not shrill, not harsh exactly, but so poignant — jerked the blood to his heart. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling The roosh nigh jerked the pooker out of his hand-grips, an’ he calls to me, an’ I come runnin’ barefoot. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

James Joyce John Henry Menton jerked his head down in acknowledgment. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

John Galsworthy His head fell a little to one side; he jerked it up and thought: Odd! He — ah! They were waving to him from the bottom! He put up his hand, and moved it more than once. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Virginia Woolf You’ve made the difference to me,” he jerked out, “I don’t see why I shouldn’t tell you. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry James Decidedly, it was not his duty to marry Mrs. Luna, in order to have means to pursue his studies; he jerked himself back, as if he had been on the point of it. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Gertrude Stein Joining jerked sour green grass is yesterday and tomorrow and alternately. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Finally, with an oath of annoyance, he jerked on his overcoat and hat, and left the house. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

D. H. Lawrence He jerked at the levers with his hand, his feet were no good. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence He sent the swingboat sweeping through the air in a great semi-circle, till it jerked and swayed at the high horizontal. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling I jerked him off that shoulder, still holding his ankles, and he fell heavily on, it would appear, the point of his chin, death being instantaneous. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Anthony Hope A second later he jerked his head — it was bare, and I saw the dark red hair stir with the movement — like a man who has settled something which caused him a puzzle. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Rudyard Kipling He says they eat good all times of the year,’ Una jerked her head at some stately pheasants going down to the brook for a drink. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

That first bound had nearly jerked me off; but I managed to avoid this and now instinctively clung with all my might to the bird’s neck, still holding my rifle. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

So, in due course having smoked my cheroot, I jerked the stump into the fire. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence He leaned on the table with one hand, and with the other jerked at the table drawer to get a knife to cut bread. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

He uncovered it, turned over the little navy with his fingers, and then jerked the box and its contents over the heath at his side. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells He’s Sir Rupert Solomonson, from”—he jerked his head back—“over beyond Tunbridge Wells. My name’s Trafford.” “I’m Mrs. Pope and these are my daughters. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Guy de Maupassant He had just jerked his line out rapidly when he felt it caught in something behind him. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

I rode as in a dream with the great quivering head near beside me, and then, as in a dream too, the head jerked quickly forward, stopped, drew back and faded right away. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

H. G. Wells And every human being, every living creature, every house, and every tree — all the world as we know it — had been so jerked and smashed and utterly destroyed. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

Terror, however, had robbed Hardacre of all judgement and, turning quick as lightning, he jerked up his arm and fired point-blank at the new-comer. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Her voice dropped out, or jerked itself out, and in the crises of strong emotion it was the voice of a scolding or a hysterical woman. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence His wife glowered at him and jerked her head at him like a snake. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He passed one hand carelessly up to his face, and then with a quick movement he jerked off a greasy wig and deposited it upon the table. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

D. H. Lawrence And the instinct which had been jerking at the young man’s wrists suddenly jerked free. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Wolfe He turned the water off and tested it with a finger, which he jerked back with an exclamation of hurt surprise. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Nothing could be more in his favour for ——” But he suddenly became aware of a faint rustle behind him and he jerked up his head, in doubt as to whether it was only a rustle of the wind. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Next moment it was nearly jerked away from me, but I didn’t lose it, and the boat taking a run just then under the counter, I got a good hold. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

He jerked his head to one side. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Ford Madox Ford If he jerked the rein, the horse threw its head up. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

A snarling billow jerked the oar from his hand. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Thomas Hardy I know you to be leading a life that won’t bear investigation, and I’m hanged if I’ll stay here any longer!’ Saying which, Glanville jerked back his chair, and strode out of the room. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Rudyard Kipling I’m too silly-sick with laughin’ to see,” said Beetle. Stalky jerked it open with a precautionary sniff. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Morrison From his mother there but jerked a whimpering sob, which he did not hear. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

D. H. Lawrence He jerked its bridle and sent it cantering jerkily away. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis He rammed his large red fists into his pockets, he jerked them out, he resolutely got rid of them by clenching his hands behind him, and he stammered: “I know. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James He jerked his handsome head in literal protest at a doubt. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Just once Winston caught a phrase —‘complete and final elimination of Goldsteinism’— jerked out very rapidly and, as it seemed, all in one piece, like a line of type cast solid. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Jack London It burned me, and I jerked my hand away. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Wilkie Collins Having rolled them up into a ball, he jerked them contemptuously into the river. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Then a spasm of religious fervour jerked him to his knees as he patronised the Almighty for having accepted a pledge for safe-conduct from death-like solitude. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence It twitched her limbs when she didn’t want to twitch them, it jerked her spine when she didn’t want to jerk upright but preferred to rest comfortably. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

He exclaimed, jerked his hand away, and sprang back. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Charles Dickens Philadelphia is most bountifully provided with fresh water, which is showered and jerked about, and turned on, and poured off, everywhere. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

A whole cascade of sand was thrown out, and then, as if jerked up by the releasing of a spring, there came into view — a dried and blackened human hand. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells He quickened his pace and jerked Amanda’s horse forward. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Arnold Bennett But probably in the end we should have restored this mortal clay’— again he jerked his elbow —‘to the man’s sorrowing relatives. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

So-long!” In sullen disgust the visitor jerked at his weather-beaten cap, thrust his hands deep in the pockets of disreputably ancient trousers, and slouched for the door. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Before she had taken three steps, however, the musician jerked his whole force savagely into his bow-arm, and she was brought up with a violent shock. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Almost before I had time to recognise him, a man in a green jersey caught him round the legs and jerked him down. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Arnold Bennett He continued: “Now that first night in this house, upstairs!” He jerked his head towards the ceiling. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Olaf Stapledon God! what a spectacle it is, isn’t it!” He jerked out an almost frightened laugh. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon