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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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Origin of wrench

before 1050; Middle English wrenchen (v.), Old English wrencan to twist, turn; cognate with German renken
wrencher, nounwrench·ing·ly, adverboutwrench, verb (used with object)un·wrenched, adjective
ranch, wrench
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British Dictionary definitions for wrench

wrench
/ (rɛntʃ) /

verb

noun

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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