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Definition of wrench verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wrench
    he / she / it wrenches
    past simple wrenched
    -ing form wrenching
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to pull or twist something or someone/yourself suddenly and violently synonym jerk wrench (something/somebody/yourself) + adv./prep. The bag was wrenched from her grasp. He grabbed Ben, wrenching him away from his mother. (figurative) Guy wrenched his mind back to the present. wrench (something/somebody/yourself) + adj. They wrenched the door open. She managed to wrench herself free.
  2. 2[transitive] wrench something to twist and injure a part of your body, especially your ankle or shoulder synonym twist She wrenched her knee when she fell.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] (formal) to make someone feel great pain or unhappiness, especially so that they make a sound or cry wrench (something) (from somebody) His words wrenched a sob from her. a wrenching experience wrench at something Her words wrenched at my heart. see also gut-wrenching
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