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Language: Old English
Origin: wrencan

wrench

1 verb
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
wrench1
1 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to twist and pull something roughly from the place where it is being held:
I wrenched the packet from his grasp.
The door had been wrenched open.
2

wrench yourself away/free

to use your strength to pull yourself away from someone who is holding you:
She managed to wrench herself free.
3 [transitive]MI to hurt a joint in your body by twisting it [= sprain]:
I think I've wrenched my knee.

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