Word of the Day
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Definitions for wrest

  1. to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.
  2. to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
  3. to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil.

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Citations for wrest
Can I possibly go back and wrest from my past some remnant of a better beginning? Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion, 2006
He could wrest beauty from anything. Fiona Maazel, Last Last Chance, 2009
Origin of wrest
From the Old Norse wreista meaning "to bend, twist," wrest shares its origin with the word wrist.