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Dictionary definition for: Wrench

1. (n) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell" "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

2. (v) twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates; "wrench a window off its hinges" "wrench oneself free from somebody''s grip" "a deep sigh was wrenched from his ch

3. (n) a jerky pulling movement

4. (v) make a sudden twisting motion

5. (n) a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt

6. (v) twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one''s hand"

7. (v) twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one''s ankle" "The wrestler twisted his shoulder" "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell" "I turned my ankle and couldn''t walk for several days"

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