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wrest

[rest] /rɛst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
2.
to take away by force:
to wrest a knife from a child.
3.
to get by effort:
to wrest a living from the soil.
4.
to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.
noun
5.
a wresting; twist or wrench.
6.
a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.
Origin
1000
before 1000; (v.) Middle English wresten, Old English wrǣstan; cognate with Old Norse reista; akin to wrist; (noun) Middle English: a wresting, derivative of the v.
Related forms
wrester, noun
unwrested, adjective
unwresting, adjective
Can be confused
rest, wrest.
Synonyms
1, 3. wring. 3. See extract.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-wresting

wrest

/rɛst/
verb (transitive)
1.
to take or force away by violent pulling or twisting
2.
to seize forcibly by violent or unlawful means
3.
to obtain by laborious effort
4.
to distort in meaning, purpose, etc
noun
5.
the act or an instance of wresting
6.
(archaic) a small key used to tune a piano or harp
Derived Forms
wrester, noun
Word Origin
Old English wrǣstan; related to Old Norse reista. See writhe
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Word Origin and History for un-wresting
wrest
O.E. wræstan "to twist, wrench," from P.Gmc. *wraistijanan (cf. O.N. reista "to bend, twist"), derivative of *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). Meaning "to pull, detach" (something) is recorded from c.1300. Meaning "to take by force" (in ref. to power, authority, etc.) is attested from 1426.
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