pipe wrench


Definition of pipe wrench

: a wrench for gripping and turning a cylindrical object (such as a pipe) usually by use of two serrated jaws so designed as to grip the pipe when turning in one direction only

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At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Liam Denningbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Walmart reopens old wounds over Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity," 22 Aug. 2019 His female companion was killed with a single crushing blow, then clubbed nine more times with what appeared to be a pipe wrench stolen from her tool shed. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Closing in on DeAngelo (Part Four)," 23 June 2019 When tightening a hex fitting to a pipe, hold the pipe with a pipe wrench like this. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Biggest Plumbing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)," 14 Jan. 2019 Maybe the ice sheet did it in the Mackenzie, with the pipe wrench. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Elusive trigger for cooling 13,000 years ago might have been found," 11 July 2018 The three used crack cocaine together and Krasawski later bludgeoned his victims with a pipe wrench and a hammer, Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Egan told jurors during opening arguments. Alicia Fabbre, Daily Southtown, "New trial begins for Bourbonnais man accused of killing man, woman at Joliet body shop," 16 May 2018 Cruz had been struck in the back of the head, possibly with a pipe wrench that was missing from the home’s back yard. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "The final hours of the Golden State Killer’s final victim," 27 Apr. 2018 After a five-year crime hiatus, the East Area Rapist struck again, raping Cruz before bludgeoning her with a pipe wrench while her family vacationed in Mexico. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Here's the string of crimes tied to the East Area Rapist in years of California terror | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Hillman allegedly killed 42-year-old Denise McFadzen and her 21-year-old son, Dalton McFadzen, early Tuesday morning with a pipe wrench. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He said the family that took him in was 'weird' — and killed them with a pipe wrench, Minnesota cops say | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pipe wrench

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

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