wrest off

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wrest off

To take someone or something away from someone or something by pulling or prying in a violent, wrenching manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wrest" and "off." He walked over to the headstone and wrested off the medallion that had been embedded in the marble. The man has been hailed as a hero for wresting the gun off of the shooter before anyone was harmed. The officers wrested my son off me before I had the chance to run.
See also: off, 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 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
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Many believe that should Groves - making the first defence of the British title he wrested off DeGale in May - opt to stand toe-to-toe with Smith then he may run into trouble as Joseph Matolcsi and Paul Samuels have found to their cost recently.
Protesters claimed there were plain-clothed police among their attackers, showing police ID badges they said were wrested off them.
Protesters displayed police badges they said were wrested off their attackers.
Many plaques have been wrested off the wall along the Millennium Place Public Bench since the beginning of the year.
Warren, who claims he has a three-fight deal with the Manchester man, is seeking an injunction against Hatton to prevent him making the first defence of the IBF light-welterweight title he wrested off Kostya Tszyu in July.
PHOENIX Initiative bosses have been left baffled after more than 12 name plaques have been wrested off the Millennium Place Public Bench in Coventry city centre.