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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of wrench.


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  • The wretchedness of her expression wrenched his heart, but he made no move toward her.

    The Unforgiven

  • On the prison authorities going to perform the preliminaries for the execution, they found the prisoner armed with a chain wrenched from the wall of his cell, with which he kept them all at bay for a long time, notwithstanding that hartshorn and chloroform were used to overcome him.

    The New York papers give

  • Yet Microsoft's stock price performance has stagnated these last 10 years, while Apple has soared to its current status as the world's most valuable tech firm, a title wrenched away from Microsoft just last week.

    How Apple topped Microsoft

  • “Plants and trees without the proper pre-Mayflower lineage are called ‘invasive exotics’ and are wrenched from the soil to die,” Yee wrote in a local newspaper editorial. Blog Articles » Print » San Francisco in Hole, Continues Digging

  • Such escape tactics, in which the image of the castrato is wrenched from the sound of his voice in the name of delicacy or comfort is significant both to the study of the castrato specifically and to the study of image/sound relations in romanticism more generally.

    Sounds Romantic: The Castrato and English Poetics Around 1800

  • After dinner at North Park, the gang (along with Flim, somehow wrenched from the chains of editing those woeful women) went to have ice cream at the Manila Peninsula.

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • It is born at the very moment of our birth: as we are wrenched from the Whole we fall into an alien land.

    Octavio Paz - Nobel Lecture

  • Maelgrim smiled, and the familiarity of the expression wrenched his sister's heart.


  • At the cost of hardship and unheard-of efforts, you have just wrenched from the Germans one of their best and richest colonies.

    Fighting France

  • A few short weeks before it had by the flowing of British blood, by our own Division, been wrenched from the German grasp.

    Norman Ten Hundred A Record of the 1st (Service) Bn. Royal Guernsey Light Infantry


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