verb (used with object)
Origin of wrest
Examples from the Web for wrest
She could never seem to wrest free any back royalties, but she always seemed to owe back taxes.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America|Michael Tomasky|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The military made an aggressive push to wrest control over drone targeting decisions away from the president.
Robert Shrum on the four tricks the GOP might use to wrest back control.Obama Realigns, the GOP Declines: The New Political Paradigm|Robert Shrum|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Jade asked Strong if she was ever at a loss for ideas and if so, how she might wrest herself from a slump.Camp Fashion Design Draws Budding Designers To New York|Robin Givhan|July 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The answer is to occupy the Tea Party—and wrest it from the grumpy old men who currently run it.
A request for whiskey addressed to a car containing a dozen men accustomed to wrest metals from the earth was not in vain.The Penalty|Gouverneur Morris
Sister has been to Wrest, where the old stories are going on:—doctors sent for the middle of the night.Miss Eden's Letters|Emily Eden
No power in the kingdom could wrest a yard of the highway nor an acre of green sea from the possession of the nation.Britain for the British|Robert Blatchford
To wrest a living from the avarice of the earth is to form character with the salt and iron of power in it.The African Colony|John Buchan
If he remained there, his pursuers would soon discover him, and wrest from him the letter with which he had been entrusted.The Hero of Garside School|J. Harwood Panting
British Dictionary definitions for wrest
Word Origin for wrest
Word Origin and History for wrest
Old English wræstan "to twist, wrench," from Proto-Germanic *wraistijanan (cf. Old Norse reista "to bend, twist"), derivative of *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). Meaning "to pull, detach" (something) is recorded from c.1300. Meaning "to take by force" (in reference to power, authority, etc.) is attested from early 15c. Related: Wrested; wresting.