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“wrench” in British English

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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)

“wrench” in American English

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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)