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wrest someone or something (away) from someone or something

to struggle to get someone or something from the grip of someone or something. The kidnappers wrested the baby from his mother and ran away with him. The policeman wrested the gun away from Lefty.
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wrest something off (of) something

 and wrest something off
to struggle to get something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Somehow he wrested the hubcap off the wheel. He wrested off the hubcap.
See also: off, wrest

wrest from

v.
1. To obtain something from someone or something by pulling with violent twisting movements: I wrested the hammer from his fist.
2. To usurp or obtain possession of something forcefully from someone or something: The duke wrested power from the monarchy.
3. To extract something from someone or something by or as if by force, twisting, or persistent effort: In class I struggled to wrest the meaning from an obscure poem.
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wrest off

v.
To obtain or remove something from someone or something by pulling with violent twisting movements: The thief wrested off the hood ornament from the car. I wrested the car keys off him.
See also: off, wrest

wrest out

v.
1. To obtain something from someone or something by pulling with violent twisting movements: The farmer dug into the soil and wrested out a fresh turnip. The bullies wrested the book out of the little boy's hands and ran off with it.
2. To extract something from someone or something by or as if by force, twisting, or persistent effort: I was finally able to wrest out some meaning from the jumbled essay. The police wrested a confession out of the suspect.
3. To escape from something by pulling with violent twisting movements: The cat wrested out of my arms and jumped to the floor.
See also: out, wrest
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David Cameron and Nick Clegg have been dealt a major blow as Labour wrested control of large swathes of the country in the local elections.
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In recent years, scholars have wrested away New Criticism's once-monopolized hold on John Donne's pervasively intellectual and self-referential wit, irony, paradox, and ambiguity, applying these features usefully to new historicist, Marxist, deconstructionist, feminist, and other readings.
Here, his works were installed in spaces wrested from an architectural complex where construction had been interrupted in the '30s, and which had been intended to accommodate the faithful visiting the adjacent Scala Santa, or holy staircase, one of the most popular Christian sites in Rome.
Archaeologists worked quickly over the next two days and found that the foot was connected to the crushed, contorted skeleton of a woman whose remains may help clear up how the Israelites wrested control of the city from the Phoenicians around 3,000 years ago.
When we wrested control of the company from MAC Partners, LP in January, we had no idea of the magnitude of the problems they left behind.
Riding the anti-incumbency wave, Congress wrested its old southern fort by putting up an impressive show and touched the half-way mark of 113.
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Afghan forces, supported by international troops, have wrested back the control of a volatile district in the southern Ghazni province, a government official claimed on Monday.
Brokaw's story is a paean to some of the immigrants and their offspring who wrested a living from the uncooperative earth.
Rios-Parra's campaign was bankrolled by the Coalition for Kids, former Mayor Richard Riordan's education reform group which wrested control of the school board from the unions four years ago.