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English definition of “wrest”

wrest

verb [T + adv/prep] uk   /rest/ us  
formal to get something with effort or difficulty: The shareholders are planning to wrest control of the company (away) from the current directors. to violently pull something away from someone: He wrested the letter from my grasp.
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