[Ads-l] jerk, v.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 27 18:59:05 UTC 2020

_Mil._ to draw (rations) Obs.:

1862 _New York Herald_ (Jan. 25, 1862) 8:

     Oh, McClernand's in command
     Of just as brave a band
As ever fired a gun or 'jerked' a ration,
     They don't care or rain at night,
     If they can only have a fight,
 And drive the rebels from our happy land of Canaan.

Cf. (seemingly later) "jerking" ('drawing) soda or beer.

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