1. see wrench.
- wrest (v.)
- Old English wræstan "to twist, wrench," from Proto-Germanic *wraistjan (source of Old Norse reista "to bend, twist"), from PIE *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.
- 1. The men had returned to wrest back power.
- 2. The officer managed to wrest the gun from his grasp.
- 3. The rebels tried to wrest control of the town from government forces.
- 4. For the past year he has been trying to wrest control from the central government.
- 5. He was attacked by a security man who tried to wrest away a gas cartridge.
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