wrest(redirected from wresting)
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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.
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.
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]
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]
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"