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wrench

[ rench ]
/ rɛntʃ /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to twist, turn, or move suddenly aside: He wrenched away.
to give a wrench or twist at something.

noun

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RELATED WORDS

wrest, tweak, distort, rip, bend, dislocate, wring, sprain, yank, dislodge, pull, pervert, rend, screw, tear, pinch, compel, coerce, contort, twist

Nearby words

wrekin, wren, wren, christopher, wren, sir christopher, wren-tit, wrench, wrens, wrentit, wrest, wrest pin, wrestle

Origin of wrench

before 1050; Middle English wrenchen (v.), Old English wrencan to twist, turn; cognate with German renken
SYNONYMS FOR wrench
Related formswrench·er, nounwrench·ing·ly, adverbout·wrench, verb (used with object)un·wrenched, adjective
Can be confusedranch wrench
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British Dictionary definitions for wrench

wrench

/ (rɛntʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for wrench

Old English wrencan; related to Old High German renken, Lithuanian rangyti to twist. See wrinkle 1
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Idioms and Phrases with wrench

wrench


see throw a monkey wrench.

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