pipe wrench

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His brother, Maxwell Ervin, testified that his brother attacked their father with a pipe wrench and a folding knife, alleging that Ray Ervin was an imposter. CBS News, 28 June 2022 The younger Ervin's brother testified that the suspect attacked their father with a pipe wrench and a folding knife, saying Ray Ervin was an imposter. Fox News, 30 June 2022 Decatur police allege Ethan Dickerson restrained and hit the victim repeatedly with a pipe wrench Thursday at a Decatur home. CBS News, 22 Feb. 2022 For someone who handles several different types of plumbing repairs, a pipe wrench is a good option, such as the Maxpower 14-Inch Pipe Wrench. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, 4 Mar. 2021 They had been beaten with a large pipe wrench, according to the charges. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 27 Jan. 2021 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, 30 June 2020 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2019 At the very least, Walmart’s competing narrative could throw a pipe wrench into those particular works. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 30 Nov. 2022.

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