Phrases with "jerked"

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]

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]

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

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

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

Then, suddenly, he brought his eyes down again, he jerked his head round sharply, and drew in a deep breath. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Then he tried to break from his chain, and when he found that he could not, he jerked his head towards his master. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

John Galsworthy His head fell to the left, he jerked it up at once; it fell to the right. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

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

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

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

Edgehill jerked him to his feet with a curse. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

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]

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

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

Henry Handel Richardson He twisted this way and that, jerked his legs and bored with his elbows, flinging round to ask question after question. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

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

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

Henry James Mrs. Beale, erect and alive in her defeat, jerked her handsome face about. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

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]

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

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

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

Looking, he saw nothing; but his arm was jerked up oddly, as it might be with the hollow of a hand, and something passed under it, with a kind of gentle squeeze. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

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

Sinclair Lewis She jerked it free, curtly saying, “No, thank you. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

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]

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]

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]

Virginia Woolf What ought we to do? He jerked up into a sitting posture. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

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]

Andrew Lang Then he jerked away at the rope and his brothers began to haul it up. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

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

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

D. H. Lawrence He jerked at the drawer in his excitement. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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

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]

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

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]

Kenneth Grahame When I spoke to her she jerked a shoulder testily, but did not condescend to the civility of a reply. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

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]

Edith Wharton But she was jerked back to consciousness by the traffic~control signal, which had immobilized the motor just when every moment was so precious. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

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

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]

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

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

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]

D. H. Lawrence Jim jerked in his chair, and looked round. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

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

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

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]

Charles Dickens They made light shields, short pointed daggers, and spears — which they jerked back after they had thrown them at an enemy, by a long strip of leather fastened to the stem. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

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]

Virginia Woolf Then the baby, Caro, thrust her fist out over the coverlet and the furry bear was jerked overboard. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Henry James After a glance at me Dawling jerked round. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

There were stones lying everywhere on the floor; some of them had dropped from the walls, but most had been jerked through the window by passing children. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

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

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]

Abraham Merri No! And Tibur jerked himself up on one knee, glaring at me, his laughter lines twisted into nothing like mirth of any kind. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

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

For a few moments I stared without comprehending, and then, with a stifled cry, I jerked myself up into a sitting position, and then shuffled terror-stricken a few paces away. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

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

His poor head ——” but suddenly he stopped speaking, and with a lightning movement jerked up the lantern as high as he could and swung it round. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

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

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

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]

Rudyard Kipling A Chinaman jerked up a twenty-pounder, beheaded and detailed it with two swift strokes of a knife, flicked out its internal arrangements with a third, and case it into a blood-dyed tank. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

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

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]

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

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

He jerked himself loose, and began to cry out; he seemed to be lost in amazement, and shrieked: “Adonde está el padre? . Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Good-bye, good-bye! I’ll be telling you later, and I guess it’ll be pretty soon now,” and, to Larose’s annoyance, he jerked on the receiver. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

Rudyard Kipling The Djinns jerked the Palace and the gardens a thousand miles into the air: there was a most awful thunder-clap, and everything grew inky-black. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

So don’t talk of our separation again: it is impracticable; and-” She paused, and hid her face in the folds of my gown; but I jerked it forcibly away. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

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

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

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]

Arthur Morrison Aunt Martha jerked Uncle Martha’s elbow toward his glass, which he was neglecting, with a sudden nod and a frown of pointed significanceeven command. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

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

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]

Arnold Bennett The ostler raised his reddish eyebrows to Big James. Big James jerked his head to one side, indicating apparently the entire Dragon, and simultaneously conveying a query. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

William Makepeace Thackeray Rustics in snowy smock-frocks jerked their hats off smiling as we passed. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

T. E. Lawrence I bore it for a little, till he got too beastly; and then jerked my knee into him. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

H. G. Wells Something that had got itself overlooked in the press of other matters jerked back into Benham’s memory. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

Rudyard Kipling Otherwise —’ One Three Two jerked his beard towards a little black shed on a roof outside the high garden wall. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

H. G. Wells The little man started and jerked his rein, and the horse hoofs of the three made a multitudinous faint pattering upon the withered grass as they turned back towards the trail . Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

This morning the birds were engaged for some little time pulling their nests to pieces, strands of tendrils being jerked out and cast away with a contemptuous fling. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

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

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

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]

Henry James But while I was with them” he jerked his head at the garden “something remarkable took place. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

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]

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

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

He spoke in a tongue which was hard to comprehend, but his intention was made clear by a jerked thumb. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

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

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]

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]

Then he jerked Voisin to his feet. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

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]

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

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

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

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

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

D. H. Lawrence She sat still, with averted face, stroking with a rhythmic, jerked movement, the black sateen of her apron. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

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]

Willa Cather Ottenburg jerked his head and they began the song. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Peter, as he trotted beside him, jerked out breathless inquiries about what Bill proposed to do, and was told to wait and see. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

Next moment Mr. Jones jerked his head up, glaring with sardonic fury. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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]

My venerable friend jerked the upper sheet away at once and started tearing it into strips. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

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]

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]

The top of the trap door was jerked off abruptly and a white face was pushed down and turned sharply in every direction round the hall. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

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]

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

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

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

E. F. Benson He jerked his thumb towards a head of an angel that was built into the mantelpiece and giggled. Negotium Perambulans by E. F. Benson

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]

Edgar Rice Burroughs With a lunge that hurled me flat and jerked the leash from my hand, he was gone with the speed of the wind after the giant lidi and its riders. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

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

Charles Dickens Punctually at two o’clock the young fisherman appeared with his knapsack at his back; and punctually at two o’clock the captain jerked away the last feather- end of his cigar. A Message from the Sea by Charles Dickens [1860]

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

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

Steele Rudd Dad jerked her mouth and pulled her round roughly. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

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]

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

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]

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]

She jerked at him till the button gave way, and then he slipped half out of his jacket and, turning round, remained strangely motionless. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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]

Well one day, about noon, he appeared in this courtyard, as if he had been jerked up from hell-where he belongs. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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]

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

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]

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 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]

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

Steele Rudd She leaned forward, jerked her head about, and tugged desperately at the concertina till both handles left it. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Wilkie Collins Let what might happen at the vicarage, nothing ever jerked Miss Sturch out of the one smooth groove in which she ran perpetually, always at the same pace. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

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]

I had been hoping for the command of the battalion, and looking forward to being in at the finish with Brother Boche. But this message jerked my thoughts on to a new road. Greenmantle by John Buchan

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]

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

Miles Franklin Indulging in pleasant air-castles, I generally forgot my cork till the rod would be jerked in my hand, when I would pull — too late! the fish would be gone. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

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

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

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]

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