wrest (someone or something) (away) from (someone or something)

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wrest (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 wresting the gun away from the shooter before anyone was harmed. The officers wrested 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 wrested power from the dictatorship after five years of war. The political party finally managed to wrest control of congress away from their opponents for the first time in 10 years. You'll have to wrest 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 wrest some answers from the spy we were interrogating. I've never been able to wrest any meaning away from abstract paintings—they always look just like splatters of paint to me.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wrest from

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Jealousy and greed alone might have been sufficient to prompt Numa to drive Sheeta away, even though the lion was not sufficiently hungry to devour the flesh that he thus wrested from the lesser cat; but then, too, there was in the little brain within the massive head a sense of loyalty, and perhaps this it was that sent Numa quickly forward, growling, toward the spitting Sheeta.
Tarzan made no articulate reply; but the two there with him heard a low growl break from those firm lips--a growl that sent a shudder through the frame of the girl and brought a pallor to the red face of the Hun and his hand to his pistol but even as he drew his weapon it was wrested from him and hurled through the blind and window to the yard beyond.
Witter, 33, will make the second defence of the coveted world title he wrested from DeMarcus Corley 12 months ago when he steps into the ring against the tough US-based Guyanan at the Doncaster Dome.
And secondly, will the New Labour revolution ever result in power being wrested from the Liberal Democrats on Liverpool city council?
Not only was the Iraqi city of 250,000 wrested from the control of insurgents, but U.S.
That this opportunity was wrested from the public's hands by government authorities certainly drove CAE's point home--and the mainstream press took note like never before.
Little does he know that she has been wrested from Surprise Valley, forced into a plural marriage, and is living with other "sealed wives" in a hidden village across the Arizona border.
(The palace transformed an earlier palagetto degli Alberti, wrested from the more prestigious family as payment of large debt.) The sculptural exuberance of its interior capitals, fireplaces, and freizes -- the obvious comparisons being the palaces of more significant and richer families (Strozzi, Gondi, or Pazzi) -- can be seen as more intimate, if still public, demonstrations of wealth and a desire for greater status.
Wrested from the hands of the French Finance Ministry (dispatched to the Chemetov and Huidobro building in Bercy on the eastern side of Paris), the wing has added another 165 galleries to the already mammoth museum.
In fact, we could probably see the Shinali as based on all aboriginal people whose beloved land has been wrested from them by more powerful people, but whose strength lies in their spiritual connections to one another, to their land, and to their gods.
Now it only remains for the cultural historian to provide the imaginative context for collections such as these, and suggest some of Cesare Gonzaga's aspirations and dreams as he walked back and forth in his Galleria, happily counting the 156 marmi that he had wrested from the glorious past - not to mention competing collectors - in the hope that they would endow his present with reflections of that glory.
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.