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wrench

verb uk   us   /rentʃ/
[T + adv/prep] to pull and twist something suddenly or violently away from a fixed position: The photographer tripped over a lead, 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.

wrench

noun uk   us   /rentʃ/

wrench noun (TOOL)

[C] mainly US a spanner, usually one that can be made larger or smaller for holding and turning objects of different sizes: an adjustable wrench
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wrench noun (PULL)

wrench noun (UNHAPPY FEELING)

[S] a feeling of unhappiness when you have to leave a person or place that you love: She found leaving home a real wrench.
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