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  • v. Present participle of wrench.
  • n. The act by which something is wrenched.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing great physical or mental suffering


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  • Mr. Obama said he is confident that both sides can agree to his goal of a secure Jewish state of Israel and a sovereign state of Palestine, but warned that it will require what he called "wrenching compromise" from both sides.

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  • They will crimp economic growth and require what he calls wrenching changes.

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  • Museum of Art before retiring at the end of 2008, in what he called a wrenching decision.

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  • This story while heart wrenching is probably not true.

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  • Particularly heart wrenching is this account of Guthrie's wife by one of the rescuers: “I was told that she was shining a flashlight out the window to give him light to work and she turned away for a second and when she looked back the slide came down and hit the back of the house.”

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  • And I was caught in the speed of the turns, riding the heat and force of the paddle, crying aloud in short wrenching bursts, the crowd clapping and shouting and chanting.

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  • He made a violent effort to raise himself into a sitting position, and merely succeeded in wrenching his body painfully.

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  • In early 2006, Ford dubbed a wrenching restructuring, "The Way Forward."

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  • The mom dying and all that blood recalled the wrenching episode in which Dr. Greene just couldn't get that baby delievered.


  • As Lobster is my witness, I will never wear pants while "wrenching" again.

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