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wrest


wrest

verb

Definition of WREST

1
to draw out by force or with effort <the boy wrested the book out of his sister's hands>
Synonyms corkscrew, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, wring, yank
Related Words mine, pluck, remove, take (out), withdraw
2
to get (as money) by the use of force or threats <vowed that the bully had wrested his lunch money from him for the last time>
Synonyms exact, wrest, wring
3
to get with great difficulty <farmers who were used to wresting a living from the harsh land>
Synonyms scrape (up or together), scrounge, squeeze, wrest, wring
4
to move by or as if by a forceful rotation <I need a strong arm to wrest the lid off this pickle jar>
Synonyms twist, wrest, wring
5
to separate or remove by forceful pulling <wrested open the stuck door of the cabinet>
Synonyms rip, wrench, wrest, yank
Related Words grab, nab, seize, snap (up), snatch; lop (off), nip; amputate, cut (off), dissever, sever; extract, force, jerk, prize, pry, pull, root (out), uproot
Near Antonyms reattach

February 28, 2015
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