wrest from


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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 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
References in classic literature ?
For this is the day we are to conquer His Majesty the Scarecrow, and wrest from him the throne.
2 : to obtain only by great and steady effort <"For this is the day we are to conquer His Majesty the Scarecrow, and wrest from him the throne.
The newel Undeterred, Lola sets out to at least wrest from Carla the lead role in the school's production of Pygmalion, wowing the locals with her talent and showing Carla that competition has finally come to town.