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 for jerkwater
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  jerkwater \jerkwater\ adj. [from jerk + water, a place where it
     is necessary to draw (jerk) water to supply the boiler of a
     steam engine.]
     1. small and remote and insignificant; as, a jerkwater
        college.
  
     Syn: one-horse, pokey, poky.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. (Railroads) Off the main railroad line. [Archaic]
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  jerkwater
      adj 1: small and remote and insignificant; "a jerkwater
             college"; "passed a series of poky little one-horse
             towns" [syn: jerkwater, one-horse, pokey, poky]

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