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wrest

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of wrest

  1. 1 to draw out by force or with effort the boy wrested the book out of his sister's hands Synonyms of wrest corkscrew, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, extract, wring, yankWords Related to wrest mine, pluck, remove, take (out), withdrawNear Antonyms of wrest implant, insert, install, instill; cram, jam, ram, stuff, wedge

  2. 2 to get (as money) by the use of force or threats vowed that the bully had wrested his lunch money from him for the last time Synonyms of wrest exact, extort, wringWords Related to wrest bleed, fleece, gouge, milk, skin, squeeze; cheat, gyp, racketeer, swindle; coerce, compel, force

  3. 3 to get with great difficulty farmers who were used to wresting a living from the harsh land Synonyms of wrest scrape (up or together), scrounge, squeeze, eke, wringWords Related to wrest acquire, attain, draw, earn, gain, land, obtain, procure, secure

  4. 4 to move by or as if by a forceful rotation I need a strong arm to wrest the lid off this pickle jar Synonyms of wrest twist, wrench, wringWords Related to wrest draw, dredge (up), extract, jerk, lug, pluck, pull, tug, tweak, yank; jimmy, lever, pry; budge, dislocate, displace, disturb, remove; shift, transfer, transpose

  5. 5 to separate or remove by forceful pulling wrested open the stuck door of the cabinet Synonyms of wrest rip, wrench, tear, yankWords Related to wrest grab, nab, seize, snap (up), snatch; lop (off), nip; amputate, cut (off), dissever, sever; extract, force, jerk, prize, pry, pull, root (out), uprootNear Antonyms of wrest reattach



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