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wrench (away) from (someone or something)

1. To take someone or something away from someone or something by pulling in a violent, wrenching manner. A noun or pronoun is used between "wrench" and "(away) from." The man has been hailed as a hero for wrenching the gun away from the shooter before anyone was harmed. The officers wrenched my son from me before I had the chance to run.
2. To manage to obtain control or possession of something through some battle, struggle, or conflict with someone or something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "wrench" and "(away) from." The rebels wrenched power from the dictatorship after five years of war. The political party finally managed to wrench control of congress away from their opponents for the first time in 10 years. You'll have to wrench the kids away from me in the courts.
3. To obtain or extract something, such as information, from someone or something, especially after much difficulty or persistence. We were finally able to wrench some answers from the spy we were interrogating. I've never been able to wrench any meaning away from abstract paintings—they always look just like splatters of paint to me.
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wrench something from someone

to grab or twist something out of someone's grasp. The policeman wrenched the gun from Lefty's hand and called for his partner. Max wrenched the wallet from Jed's hand and fled with it.
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The most straightforward approach would be to cut down a ball nosed hex wrench from a full set and in stall it in the 1/4" socket drive, however, I didn't want to ruin my hex wrench set and buying another set just to get one wrench seemed like a waste.
The adapter keeps the torque wrench from touching the bearing cap and other parts.
A particularly rare piece in Mark's collection is the 375 Dain wrench from a Marseilles corn sheller.
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Securely and immediately tighten and loosen without removing wrench from pipe.
Mr Bal followed him, grabbed Martin in a bear hug and snatched the wrench from the intruder.
For maximum, safety, the reaction forces are contained in-line to prevent the wrench from pulling or twisting off the bolt under load.