wrest


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
See also: wrest

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.
See also: wrest

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
References in periodicals archive ?
LOUGH DERG needs to finish fourth in today's Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr to wrest the pounds 200,000 BHA Order Of Merit from Kauto Star.
Evander Holyfield's unsuccessful attempt to wrest the WBO heavyweight title from Sultan Ibragimov was painful viewing for the Welshman, who at the age of 35 is making tentative pension plans.
As Mayor Richard Riordan briefly demonstrated nearly a decade ago, the only way to wrest power from the failed education establishment is to match it dollar for dollar in school board campaigns.
To become a worthy knight, Disiri tells Able that he must wrest the noble sword Eterne from a dragon and thus, he begins his true quest while adapting to his new body and his new world.
They are known as Malefic (Xasthur) and Wrest (Leviathan).
We are working discreetly with all our might to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world.
Levene argued that reinsurance as an industry has to take bolder steps to wrest back control of its business.
Counterbalancing the tradition, timelessness, sensuality, and touristic frame that characterizes the 35 mm photographs of northern Africa are Balk's "design models," as he calls them: eye-popping 3-D-modeled digital bodies that wrest the visual material from an exotic-romantic, postcard-picturesque trajectory.
Part of the $7 million has gone into the legal battle to wrest away two well-known B.
Beamer was aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11 following an attempt by passengers to wrest control of the flight from hijackers.
The Swedish maxi yacht Nicorette made a spectacular farewell to her racing campaign in Australia when she again outsailed the Victorian 83-footer Wild Thing in the Wrest Point King of the Derwent on January 2, 2001.
For Mary, that meaning was her divine son; for others, it can come from a determination to do what is right and the solid certainty that this is something that nobody can wrest away from us.
Instead she struggled both in her writings and in the courts to maintain legal and social autonomy (like some other aristocratic women, she went to court to wrest her inheritance from male relatives).
From the foregoing, it is apparent that Reyes refuses to be held in Camp Bagong Diwa and is prepared to wrest control over such matter from court," the further motion, which was signed by Deputy Special Prosecutor John I.
BOXING: Tommy Gilmour insists boxing fans are in for another east versus west classic when Paul Appleby tries to wrest John Simpson's British featherweight title away from him at the Kelvin Hall tonight.