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wrench

2 noun
     
wrench
wrench2
1 [countable] especially American English a metal tool that you use for turning nuts [= spanner British English]
2 [singular] a strong feeling of sadness that you get when you leave a person or place that you love:
Leaving New York had been a terrible wrench.
3 [countable usually singular] a twisting movement that pulls something violently:
He grabbed the rope and gave it a wrench.

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