- When your friend is holding very tightly onto the dollar bill in his hand and you grab and pull and tug it until you get it out of his hand and into yours, this is an example of a time when you wrest the dollar away from him.
- When you have to fight a revolution in order to gain power of a country, this is an example of a time when you wrest control from the old leadership.
Wrest is to take something by force or with considerable difficulty.
- to turn or twist; esp., to pull or force away violently with a twisting motion
- to take or extract by force; usurp; extort; wring
- to distort or change the true meaning, purpose, use, etc. of; pervert; twist
Origin of wrestMiddle English wresten from Old English wræstan, to twist violently, akin to Old Norse reista from Indo-European base an unverified form wer-, to turn, bend, twist from source writhe
the act of wresting; a twist; wrench
transitive verbwrest·ed, wrest·ing, wrests
- To obtain or remove by pulling with twisting movements: wrested the book out of his hands.
- To take possession of forcefully; seize or usurp: wrested the islands from the settlers; wrested power from the monarchy.
- To gain or extract with persistent effort; wring: wrested concessions from their opponents.
A small tuning key for the wrest pins of a stringed instrument.
Origin of wrestMiddle English wresten from Old English wrǣstan to twist ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wrests, present participle wresting, simple past and past participle wrested)