Wrench - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rentʃ|  American pronunciation of the word wrench
Brit.  |rɛn(t)ʃ|  British pronunciation of the word wrench
- a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments (syn: pull, twist)
- a jerky pulling movement (syn: twist)
- a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt (syn: spanner)
- twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates (syn: twist)
- make a sudden twisting motion
- twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish (syn: wring)
- twist suddenly so as to sprain (syn: rick, sprain, turn, twist, wrick)

Examples

I tried to wrench free from his grip.

I tried to wrench myself free from his grip.

He wrenched his back when he tried to lift a heavy box.

She wrenched the toy from his grasp.

The statue was wrenched from its pedestal.

It was a wrench to say goodbye to all my friends.

...with a sharp wrench of the hammer I pulled the nail from the board...

We wrenched out of the wall an iron hook.

She gave a contemptuous wrench of her shoulder.

I have got a wrench in my ancle.

I wrenched the packet from his grasp.

The door had been wrenched open.

I think I've wrenched my knee.

Leaving New York had been a terrible wrench.

He grabbed the rope and gave it a wrench.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: wrench
he/she/it: wrenches
present participle: wrenching
past tense: wrenched
past participle: wrenched
noun
singular: wrench
plural: wrenches
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