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Examples of extricate in a Sentence
Several survivors were extricated from the wreckage.
They extricated the tractor from the mud.
She hasn't been able to extricate herself from her legal problems.
Recent Examples of extricate from the Web
So each passenger was provided a hook-shaped blade, marketed as a seatbelt cutter, that they were instructed to use to sever the tether in case of an emergency that required them to extricate themselves.
After failing with a hockey stick to extricate the animal, a fellow walking by grabbed it by the tail and threw it into the air, causing the squirrel to smack hard on pavement beside the pond, according to Central Michigan Life.
The driver and her 19-year-old passenger were trapped inside the car and had to be extricated by Halverhill firefighters.
President Donald Trump's aides are watching for two key encounters this week to see if Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally extricated himself from the danger of being fired, in part by ousting the former No.
Hernandez was in a gold Jeep Cherokee pulled from the rubble at 5:40 a.m. Saturday, and Gonzalez and Arias were in a white Chevrolet extricated at 7 a.m., police said.
The driver of the vehicle had to be extricated, fire officials said.
Of course, real crimes become mixed with fake, and in the ensuing confusion the couples use their skills to extricate themselves from a situation that grows increasingly frantic/comic.
Aurora firefighters extricated both men, and took them to a suburban hospital, police said.
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Did You Know?
It can take an ample amount of dexterity - manual, verbal, or mental - to free yourself from a tangled situation. This can be seen in extricate, a word derived from Latin extricatus, which combines the prefix ex- ("out of") with the noun tricae, meaning "trifles or perplexities." (The resemblance of tricae to our word trick is no illusion; it’s an ancestor.) While a number of words (such as "disentangle") share with extricate the meaning of "to free from difficulty," extricate suggests the act of doing so with care and ingenuity, as in "Through months of careful budgeting, he was able to extricate himself from his financial burdens."
Origin and Etymology of extricate
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of extricate
- extricated himself from financial difficulties
- disentangling fact from fiction
- untangle a web of deceit
- an article disencumbered of jargon
- disembarrassed herself of her advisers
EXTRICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extricate for English Language Learners
: to free or remove (someone or something) from something (such as a trap or a difficult situation)
EXTRICATE Defined for Kids
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