socket wrench

noun

Definition of socket wrench 

: a wrench usually in the form of a bar and removable socket made to fit a bolt or nut

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In between, there was everything from girdles to socket wrenches, dresses to guns, dolls to washing machines. Allen G. Breed, The Seattle Times, "Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day," 16 Oct. 2018 Ng’s Ester has the tenacious focus of a socket wrench, be her object an athletic scholarship to college or Amy’s notice and esteem. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young womanhood sopping wet with bodily fluids in Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’," 31 May 2018 In the midst of trial Tuesday, attorneys for the city of Chicago settled a lawsuit brought by a Northwest Side man shot in his garage by a Chicago police officer who mistook a socket wrench in the man’s hand for a gun in 2011. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "City settles lawsuit over shooting by Chicago police officer in midst of trial," 17 Apr. 2018 Men who couldn’t handle a drill and socket wrench if their lives depended on it love a good duct tape challenge. Southern Living, "Why Southerners Love "Duck" Tape," 7 Feb. 2017 Use a properly fitting box wrench or a 6-point socket wrench to remove the plug. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Change Your Oil And Filter," 6 Oct. 2017

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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socket wrench

noun

English Language Learners Definition of socket wrench

: a tool that has a part which fits over the end of a bolt or nut and is used to turn it

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