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to usurp forcefully; to extract by guile or persistence: wrest a confession from the suspect
Not to be confused with:
rest – abstain or be relieved from exertion: Rest here awhile before traveling on.; left without further investigation: Let the matter rest.
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tr.v. wrest·ed, wrest·ing, wrests
1. To obtain or remove by pulling with twisting movements: wrested the book out of his hands.
2. To take possession of forcefully; seize or usurp: wrested the islands from the settlers; wrested power from the monarchy.
3. To gain or extract with persistent effort; wring: wrested concessions from their opponents.
A small tuning key for the wrest pins of a stringed instrument.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. to take or force away by violent pulling or twisting
2. to seize forcibly by violent or unlawful means
3. to obtain by laborious effort
4. to distort in meaning, purpose, etc
5. the act or an instance of wresting
6. (Instruments) archaic a small key used to tune a piano or harp
[Old English wrǣstan; related to Old Norse reista. See writhe]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
2. to take away by force.
3. to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil.
4. to twist or turn from the proper course, meaning, etc.; wrench.n.
5. a wresting; twist or wrench.
6. 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.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English wrǣstan, c. Icelandic reista] akin to wrist]
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Past participle: wrested
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|Verb||1.||wrest - obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically; "wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"|
seize - take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
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The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
wrest[rest] VT to wrest sth from sb → arrebatar or arrancar algo a algn
to wrest gold from the rocks → extraer a duras penas oro de las rocas
to wrest a living from the soil → vivir penosamente cultivando la tierra
to wrest o.s. free → (lograr) liberarse tras grandes esfuerzos
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(= seize) to wrest sth from sb [+ power, control] → arracher qch à qn
(= snatch) to wrest sth from sb [+ object] → arracher qch à qn
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
wrest[rɛst] vt to wrest sth from sb → strappare qc a qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995