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wrenchverb [T]

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

to ​pull and ​twist something ​suddenly or ​violently away from a ​fixedposition: The ​ball was wrenched from his ​hands by another ​player. If you wrench ​part of ​yourbody, such as ​yourarm 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 ​turningobjects: an ​adjustable wrench
(Definition of wrench from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"wrench" in British English

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wrenchverb

uk   us   /rentʃ/
[T + adv/prep] to ​pull and ​twist something ​suddenly or ​violently away from ​itsposition: The ​photographertripped over the ​cord, wrenching a ​microphone fromitsstand. 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 ​twistpart of ​yourbodybadly, such as ​yourarm or ​leg, and ​injure it: He wrenched his ​rightshoulder during a ​game of ​hockey. [T usually passive] to ​suddenly take someone from ​people they ​love, ​causing them ​greatunhappiness: At the ​age of eight, she was wrenched from her ​fosterparents and ​sent to ​live with another ​family.

wrenchnoun

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