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.
Wrested the islands from the settlers; wrested power from the monarchy.
Wrested the book out of his hands.
Wrested concessions from their opponents.
He wrested the remote control from my grasp and changed the channel.
Origin of wrest
- Middle English wresten from Old English wrǣstan to twist wer-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition