From (etyl) nak.
(British, slang) A police spy or informer.
* 1912 , , Act I,
- It’s a—well, it’s a copper’s nark , as you might say. What else would you call it? A sort of informer.
(slang) To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
(slang) To annoy or irritate.
(slang) To complain.
- It really narks me when people smoke in restaurants.
(transitive, slang, often imperative) To stop.
- He narks in my ear all day, moaning about his problems.
- Nark it! I hear someone coming!
* Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
A seal (stamp or impression of a stamp ).
* 1818 , '', Chapter XXIX, 1839, ''The Waverley Novels , Volume 2,
- "This is a jark from Jim Ratcliffe," said the taller, having looked at the bit of paper.
(slang, military, British) To modify (weaponry) to disadvantage; especially, to attach and use a tracking device to covertly monitor its location.
* 1996 , Andy McNab, Immediate Action ,
* 2001 , Peter Taylor, Brits:the War Against the IRA ,
- At the end of the day, it was inevitable that the IRA would discover that its weapons were being jarked .
* 2010 , Christopher C. Harmon, Andrew N. Pratt, Sebastian Gorka, Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism ,
- 'Anna' and 'Mary' were involved in operations that drew on a variety of intelligence data: ‘jarking'’; information from agents;One of the weapons, perhaps the Armalite, had been ‘' jarked ’ by the ‘Det’ and tracked for some time.
* 2010 , Ed Moloney, Voices from the Grave: Two Men's War in Ireland ,
- An especially creative method was known as “jarking ,” which involved “the placing of tiny tracking devices on weapons in arms caches so their movements can be followed.”8
- The homes and safe houses he provided were bugged; the weapons hidden in empty houses were ‘jarked ’ so the security forces could keep track of them, and the vehicles used to ferry weapons put under close surveillance.
(track weaponry) Both word and practice became common during the (1968-1998).
* 1996 , William Gilmore Simms, Mary Ann Wimsatt, “Bald-Head Bill Bauldy”'', ''Tales of the South ,
- First, I felt a kick in my side, and ribs; then I felt myself pulled and jarked about, by the arms and shoulders; and, when I opened my eyes and straightened myself out, to see what alligator hed got hold of me now, what should I see but a squad of four or five of our own Rigiment, all pulling at me at onst!
jarking'', in ''The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: J-Z , by Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, Taylor & Francis, 2006. ISBN 041525938X, 9780415259385.
* Toby Harnden, Bandit Country: The IRA & South Armagh , ISBN 0-340-71736-X