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wrest

[ rest ]
/ rɛst /
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verb (used with object)

to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.
to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil.
to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.

noun

a wresting; twist or wrench.
a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.

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Origin of wrest

First recorded before 1000; (verb) Middle English wresten, Old English wrǣstan “to turn, twist,” from unattested Old Norse wreista (Icelandic reista ); akin to wrist; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the verb and first recorded in 1350-1400
3. See extract.
wrester, nounun·wrest·ed, adjectiveun·wrest·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wrest

wrest
/ (rɛst) /

verb (tr)

to take or force away by violent pulling or twisting
to seize forcibly by violent or unlawful means
to obtain by laborious effort
to distort in meaning, purpose, etc

noun

the act or an instance of wresting
archaic a small key used to tune a piano or harp
wrester, noun
Old English wrǣstan; related to Old Norse reista. See writhe
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