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Jerk vs Snap vs Twitch vs Yank

Jerk, snaptwitchyank mean to make a sudden sharp quick movement.

Jerk implies especially such a movement that is graceless, forceful, and abrupt.

Snap may imply a quite quick action abruptly terminated (as a biting or trying to bite sharply or a seizing, clutching, snatching, locking, or breaking suddenly) or a taking of possession with avidity or sometimes specifically an uttering with the brisk sharpness of a bite.

Twitch may imply quick, sometimes spasmodic, and often light action combining tugging and jerking.

Yank implies a quick and heavy tugging and pulling.