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1 [usually in singular] a sudden violent twist or pull:with a wrench Tony wriggled free 2a feeling of sadness or distress caused by one’s own or another’s departure:it will be a real wrench to leave after eight years 3a tool used for gripping and turning nuts, bolts, pipes, etc.. 4 Mechanics a combination of a couple with a force along its axis.
verb [with object]
pull or twist (someone or something) suddenly and violently:Casey grabbed the gun and wrenched it upward from my hand [with object and complement]:she wrenched herself free of his grip [no object]: figurativethe betrayal wrenched at her heart injure (a part of the body) as a result of a sudden twisting movement:she slipped and wrenched her ankle turn (something, especially a nut or bolt) with a wrench. archaic distort to fit a particular theory or interpretation:to wrench our Bible to make it fit a misconception of facts