Definition of 'wrench'
Example sentences containing 'wrench'
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It's awful to have that wrenched away in such a cruel and blunt way. Times, Sunday Times (2017)He got out of the vehicle, armed with a wrench. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I'll take twisted or wrenched at a push. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It puts a monkey wrench to your plans. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was an emotionally wrenching experience for him. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The digit was torn off when he wrenched his hand away. The Sun (2016)You still face the wrench of losing your family. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She has worn the job lightly and it will be a wrench to leave her boss. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He is then hit with a monkey wrench and given electric shocks. The Sun (2013)And it concludes with probably the most emotionally wrenching scene of the year. The Sun (2010)All of your certainties have been wrenched away from you. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It will be a wrench to leave. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It was a wrench to leave the business. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And some parents think a job in engineering means wearing a boiler suit and carrying a monkey wrench. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Frank stews and then arms himself with a monkey wrench and takes to the streets to fight crime. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Then my friend was knocked over with such force that his arm was wrenched completely out of its socket. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She could barely wrench herself away. The Sun (2009)Before first light, a knock on the door wrenched me awake. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Leaving Philadelphia was a sad wrench for this lover of hearth and home. A Patchwork Garden: Unexpected Pleasures from a Country Garden (1990)She took her mind away with a wrench from the recollection of the past to the bright serene contemplation of the hopeful future. North and South (1855)Just before Chiswick Bridge he suddenly wrenched the wheel round to the right. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I wrenched open the door. STUART: A Life Backwards (2005)I swear I nearly wrenched the door open to go in and do it myself. The Sun (2014)A door was wrenched open and I felt a cool breath of air on my face. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'wrench'
British English: wrench /rɛntʃ/ NOUN
feeling If you say that leaving someone or something is a wrench, you feel very sad about it.
I always knew it would be a wrench to leave Essex after all these years.
- American English: wrench a painful parting
- Arabic: مِفْتَاحُ رَبْط
- Brazilian Portuguese: problema sentimento
- Chinese: 痛苦
- Croatian: bol
- Czech: odloučení
- Danish: skruenøgle
- Dutch: moeilijk
- European Spanish: nostalgia
- Finnish: tuskallinen asia
- French: déchirement
- German: Ruck
- Greek: πόνος χωρισμού
- Italian: chiave inglese
- Japanese: ねじり
- Korean: 쓰림
- Norwegian: vridning
- Polish: szarpnięcie
- European Portuguese: puxão
- Romanian: strângere de inimă
- Russian: выкручивание
- Spanish: dolor
- Swedish: ryck
- Thai: อาการกลัดกลุ้มใจอย่างแรง
- Turkish: burma
- Ukrainian: гайковий ключ
- Vietnamese: sự vặn mạnh
British English: wrench /rɛntʃ/ VERB
object If you wrench something, usually something that is in a fixed position, you pull or twist it violently.
He felt two men wrench the suitcase from his hand.
- American English: wrench
- Arabic: يَجْذِبُ بِشِدَّة
- Brazilian Portuguese: arrancar
- Chinese: 猛扭
- Croatian: iščupati
- Czech: vyškubnout
- Danish: forvride
- Dutch: wringen
- European Spanish: arrancar arrebatar
- Finnish: vääntää
- French: déchirer
- German: entreißen
- Greek: στραμπουλώ
- Italian: strappare
- Japanese: ねじる
- Korean: 비틀다
- Norwegian: vri
- Polish: szarpnąć
- European Portuguese: arrancar
- Romanian: a smulge
- Russian: выкручивать
- Spanish: arrancar tirar
- Swedish: rycka
- Thai: ดึงและบิดอย่างแรง
- Turkish: burmak
- Ukrainian: виривати
- Vietnamese: vặn mạnh
British English: wrench NOUN
tool A wrench or a monkey wrench is an adjustable metal tool used for tightening or loosening metal nuts of different sizes.
British English: wrench VERB
neck If you wrench your neck, you hurt it by pulling or twisting it in an unusual way.
She was involved in a car accident and she wrenched her neck.
Definition of wrench from the Collins English Dictionary
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