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Her arms still ached from wresting the heavy ears from the stalks, row after row, hour after hour.
Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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  • Her arms still ached from wresting the heavy ears from the stalks, row after row, hour after hour.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • One of the little girls managed to wrest the banana roadster away from Peter Sinkowitz.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • I heard her groan, that sound again wrested from her nethermost depths.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Then I think of the spile and wrest it from the tree trunk.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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  • All brutality and reprimand were wrested from her face.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Ruthie sprang at her, slapped her, pushed her, and wrested the mallet from her hands.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • But the meaning he wrested from existence lay beyond the comfortable path: McCandless distrusted the value of things that came easily.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "That one, brother, he bite," she said, pointing her knuckly hand at a small tree he was wresting from his garden plot.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • They carried Malcolm back to the Jeep, and wrested him into the back seat.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I wished to bury it during my whole life in my own bosom, but your brother Maximilian wrested it from me by a violence he repents of now, I am sure.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • During the Dark Days, the rebels in 13 wrested control from the government forces, trained their nuclear missiles on the Capitol, and then struck a bargain: They would play dead in exchange for being left alone.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He drew clumsily and fired absurdly, and in another moment he was struck in the mouth and the revolver wrested from his grip.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • It was like holding an enemy’s sharp two-edged sword by the blade, and that enemy all the time striving to wrest it out of your clutch.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He had only to wrest from him what this was and then say no thank you.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • She was going to rush into life and wrest from it what she could.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The Jew inflicted a smart blow on Oliver’s shoulders with the club; and was raising it for a second, when the girl, rushing forward, wrested it from his hand.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • These, in their turn, cursed back at the blind miscreant, threatened him in horrid terms, and tried in vain to catch the stick and wrest it from his grasp.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • St. Clare and one or two others made an effort to separate them, and St. Clare received a fatal stab in the side with a bowie-knife, which he was attempting to wrest from one of them.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • She wanted to wrest from him an acknowledgment of his moral depravity-but only his own moral rectitude could attach significance to such a verdict.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Each watched and waited for an opportunity to wrest control from her, keeping a none-too-friendly eye on the other families in case they happened to make a move first.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • He tried to wrest the key from Catherine’s grasp, and for safety she flung it into the hottest part of the fire; whereupon Mr. Edgar was taken with a nervous trembling, and his countenance grew deadly pale.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The arm of the latter slowly gave way before the increasing force of the scout, who, suddenly wresting his armed hand from the grasp of the foe, drove the sharp weapon through his naked bosom to the heart.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Solid matter had wrested from liquid matter some 37,657,000 square miles, hence 12,916,000,000 hectares.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Thetis left her son still burning for the softly belted girl whom they had wrested from him.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • ’I have taken leave of you,’ said I, wresting my hand away.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I will say thou didst break in and wrest the prisoner from my hands by force.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • He talks about American history, If the American farmer, with flintlock and musket, could wrest from the English a continent, surely we, warriors ever, can recover our island.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Will they wrest from us, from me, the palm of beauty?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But these were hard things to do, because the people must learn that it is harmful for each man to wrest a living from his own little piece of ground.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The former involves covering as much material as possible, without attempting to wrest from it all its implications and intricacies; the latter involves confining oneself to one single area until it is exhaustively covered, and then going on to new material.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • As for me, I daily wished more to please him; but to do so, I felt daily more and more that I must disown half my nature, stifle half my faculties, wrest my tastes from their original bent, force myself to the adoption of pursuits for which I had no natural vocation.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • When Sirius wrested a large golden ring bearing the Black crest from his grip, Kreacher actually burst into furious tears and left the room sobbing under his breath and calling Sirius names Harry had never heard before.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Depend upon it when your master comes to be emperor (as he will beyond a doubt from the course his affairs are taking), it will be no easy matter to wrest the dignity from him, and he will be sore and sorry at heart to have been so long without becoming one.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Elinor had her work cut out getting herself up the hillside, which was crisscrossed with low walls that had been built in a laborious attempt to wrest narrow fields and orchards from the poor soil, somewhere to grow a few olive trees and grapevines, anything that would bear fruit here.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • I think that already he foresaw his livelihood being wrested from him, for he salted and tanned his own skins, making them into chaplis for those in the village who wore them.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • If she could wrest him away from Nasuada, he knew she would.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Then taking the key that he had wrested from the slain man he closed the door and locked it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Her brothers would laugh and try to wrest the page from each other with their strong hard fingers.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Just eight months before, Marines had wrested Saipan away from the Japanese.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • More than two years we’ve been here, she thought, and twice that number at least to go before we can even hope to think of trying to wrest Arrakis from the Harkonnen governor, the Mudir Nahya, the Beast Rabban.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It became the territorial jewel that the Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) fighters they branded terrorists could not be allowed to wrest from India’s crown.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • She did not know why he so adored things that were so long dead; what sustenance they gave him, what secrets he hoped to wrest from them.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • He who would attack that state from the outside must have the utmost caution; as long as the prince resides there it can only be wrested from him with the greatest difficulty.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • No, I think it would be foolish to attempt to wrest the truth from Professor Slughorn by force, and might do much more harm than good; I do not wish him to leave Hogwarts.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Why is life given To be thus wrested from us? rather, why Obtruded on us thus? who, if we knew What we receive, would either no accept Life offered, or soon beg to lay it down; Glad to be so dismissed in peace.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He was like the Emperor of China, who sat glorying in himself, unaware that his fairest provinces were being wrested from him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I think you would have me say, ’saving your reverence, a husband:’ an bad thinking do not wrest true speaking, I’ll offend nobody.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • A network of symbols has been introduced, an entire awesome technology wrested from the gods.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • If I have unjustly wrested a plank from a drowning man, I must restore it to him though I drown myself.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • But they should not keep these prizes, I said; some, all, I would wrest from them.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
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