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    Cool jerk around

    Two men are at the opera, one behind the other. The one behind is with a very young girl who's not precisely his wife. The other one wants to provoke the adulterer and says his name loudly, in a cool and dry tone.

    As for the reaction of the offended man, the text follows as this

    "He jumped and jerked around to meet his gaze."

    Please, what's the meaning of "jerked around" here?

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    #2

    Re: jerk around

    'jerk around' means 'to take unfair advantage of, deceive, or manipulate'.

    jerk around

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    Cool Re: jerk around

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    'jerk around' means 'to take unfair advantage of, deceive, or manipulate'.

    jerk around
    Yes, thank you, but those meanings seem not to fit in my context. Do you have any idea?

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    Re: jerk around

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Two men are at the opera, one behind the other. The one behind is with a very young girl who's not precisely his wife. The other one wants to provoke the adulterer and says his name loudly, in a cool and dry tone.

    As for the reaction of the offended man, the text follows as this

    "He jumped and jerked around to meet his gaze."

    Please, what's the meaning of "jerked around" here?

    Thank You
    It means that he turned around to face him in an abrupt manner.

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    Cool Re: jerk around

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It means that he turned around to face him in an abrupt manner.
    Thank You. Can this jerk around connote any menacing attitude?

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    #6

    Re: jerk around

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Thank You. Can this jerk around connote any menacing attitude?
    It could, yes.

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    #7

    Re: jerk around

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It could, yes.
    But it could also bear many other interpretations.

    The man turned round abruptly. His face might have shown anger or aggression or shame ... or any other feeling. The occurrence of 'jerk' next to 'around' is accidental. This is not a phrasal verb with an intrinsic suggestion of malice (which I think the OP may be thinking).

    b

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