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wrenchverb

uk   /rentʃ/  us   /rentʃ/
[T + adv/prep] to pull and twist something suddenly or violently away from its position: The photographer tripped over the cord, wrenching a microphone from its stand. The phone had been wrenched from/off the wall. The ball was wrenched out of his grasp by another player. His hands were tied but he managed to wrench himself free.
[T] to twist part of your body badly, such as your arm or leg, and injure it: He wrenched his right shoulder during a game of hockey.
[T usually passive] to suddenly take someone from people they love, causing them great unhappiness: At the age of eight, she was wrenched from her foster parents and sent to live with another family.

wrenchnoun

uk   /rentʃ/  us   /rentʃ/
(Definition of wrench from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wrenchverb [T]

 us   /rentʃ/
  • wrench verb [T] (TWIST)

to pull and twist something suddenly or violently away from a fixed position: The ball was wrenched from his hands by another player.
If you wrench part of your body, such as your arm or knee, you twist it badly and injure it: He wrenched his back while digging in the garden.

wrenchnoun [C]

 us   /rentʃ/
  • wrench noun [C] (TOOL)

a tool for holding and turning objects: an adjustable wrench
(Definition of wrench from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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