pipe wrench

noun

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

Examples of pipe wrench in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cruz was bludgeoned to death in 1986 with what detectives believe was a pipe wrench that had been stolen from the family’s backyard days earlier. Anchorage Daily News, "Golden State Killer pleads guilty to murders and other crimes that terrorized California," 30 June 2020 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, "Walmart Throws a Pipe Wrench Into Tesla’s Works," 21 Aug. 2019 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, "Walmart Throws a Pipe Wrench Into Tesla’s Works," 21 Aug. 2019 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, "Walmart Throws a Pipe Wrench Into Tesla’s Works," 21 Aug. 2019 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, "Walmart Throws a Pipe Wrench Into Tesla’s Works," 21 Aug. 2019 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, "Walmart Throws a Pipe Wrench Into Tesla’s Works," 21 Aug. 2019 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, "Walmart Throws a Pipe Wrench Into Tesla’s Works," 21 Aug. 2019 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, "Walmart Throws a Pipe Wrench Into Tesla’s Works," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pipe wrench

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pipe wrench was circa 1875

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“Pipe wrench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipe%20wrench. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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