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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
Firefighters removed one of the vehicles rear doors and were able to safely extricate the woman, who was taken to a local hospital.
Many are reluctant to continue their relationship and are actively trying to extricate their clients’ projects from the troubled company.
Wyoming firefighters had to extricate Coleman who was crushed underneath the car.
Carney’s speech, echoing the surprise statement issued by U.K. policy makers just last week, underscores the complexity of the task facing the BOE as Britain attempts to extricate itself from the EU after more than four decades of membership.
Perhaps now that Wind River has taken such an extreme step forward, other films will follow suit—extricating their association with Weinstein for good.
The two were thrown from the ride when their gondola ripped off, while their other two companions were trapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated.
Since the deal, analysts and investors have raised questions about how the group will extricate itself from the arrangement.
Still, the new position—and national profile—seem to present Christie an opportunity to extricate himself from local politics, where his career is effectively over once his gubernatorial term ends in nine months.
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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
Synonymsclear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, free, liberate, release, untangle, cut loose
Related Wordsdeliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwine
Near Antonymsblock, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weigh
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
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