Phrases with "jerks"

Jules Verne Neither jerks nor jolts incommoded him. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Jules Verne The jerks attracted the attention of the gallinaceae, and they attacked the hooks with their beaks. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Morrison An odd croaking noise broke in jerks from Pigeony Poll as she crept from the room, with her face bowed in the bend of her arm, like a weeping schoolboy. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Isabella Bird The jerks gradually moderated and ceased, and there were no after effects but very puffy swellings about the throat. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Occasionally the whole branch from which the nest is pendant sways with the work of a single bird, the eyes of which glitter the more fiercely as it pulls and jerks at an obstinate strand. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle His only answers were the tugs and jerks upon the handle, each of which, in spite of all my struggles, pulled another bar through the opening. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Rudyard Kipling Then ‘e jerks out ‘arf a dozen — best Turkish — on the table an’ exits. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

A mechanical panting and muscular jerks were the only sign of life; she was now but a quivering organism. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Baldwin Spencer He now turns his back upon his victim and stooping down jerks the Injilla or Irna towards him several times muttering the curse already quoted as he does so in a subdued tone. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry Handel Richardson This hung in the passage; and had to be fetched in jerks — a series of jerks and pauses. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Ford Madox Ford It hadn’t been possible to speak; the cab, rattling all over the road, had been pulled up with frightful jerks when the boy had grabbed the reins . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Virginia Woolf He was sitting on the floor at Edward’s feet with his hands bound round his knees, and he gave little jerks and looked up at him as if he appealed to him about something. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry James It would enlarge her horizon” — and M. de Mauves made a series of short nervous jerks with his stick in the air — “it would wake up her imagination. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

D. H. Lawrence The child clung to him, bubbling with laughter; the mother drew at her baby, laughing low, while the man swung gracefully, giving little jerks of laughter. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

James Joyce Jockey the Ropper jerks Jake the Rape. Paddrock and bookley chat. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

At each jeering exclamation the tail, spread like an open fan, jerks over the back, and the head ducks, note and action combining in bombastic self-advertisement. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence I shall laugh when somebody jerks you awake,” I replied. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London The jerks perceptibly diminished; as the sled gained momentum, he caught them up, till it was moving steadily along. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells The uppermost Utopian became very active, lunged upward, swung out and vanished by jerks out of Mr. Barnstaple’s field of view. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Guy de Maupassan A nervous twitching shook this peculiar being, who walked, moved, acted by jerks like a broken spring. The Englishman of Etretat by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne But the anchor flukes had been so imbedded in the sand by the repeated jerks of the cable, that without a windlass it was impossible to detach it, even with the tackle which Wilson had improvised. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Then Grant says to me: “I don’t like it”; an’ he jerks ‘is thumb at Uncle John in the bay studyin’ Auntie’s message. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]