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Synonyms for jerking

an abrupt spasmodic movement

lacking a steady rhythm

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It is only indispensable with an inveterate running whale; its grand fact and feature is the wonderful distance to which the long lance is accurately darted from a violently rocking, jerking boat, under extreme headway.
The brain misinterprets this as a sign of falling and tells our limbs to wake up - hence the jerking arms or legs.
If you are experiencing double vision, eye pain, black spots in your vision, or jerking eye movements, ask your doctor for a referral to an ophthalmologist or neurologist.
Gynaecological surgeon Dr Darshana Weersana told the inquest he could not recall whether he witnessed any jerking movements.
That makes it easier to remove the RCU without twisting and jerking the cables.