wrench (someone or something) (away) from (someone or something)

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wrench (someone or something) (away) from (someone or something)

1. To take someone or something away from someone or something by pulling in a violent, wrenching manner. 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. 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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For how many mums would venture into the dark and dangerous alleyways of the Byron sink estate to confront her 14-year-old son Liam and try to wrench him away from a local gang of thugs, as she did last week?
Hailstones punching divots in your caravan roof, thrice-nightly repeats of Ronnie Barker sitcoms, those howls of laughter when you take your shirt off on the beach - and Arsenal fans squealing with fear as Patrick Vieira's agents try to wrench him away from his contract towards a bigger payday.