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Definition obtain with difficult effort or force
  • The radical wing of the party is trying to wrest control from the moderates.
wrest = take (with effort)
  • He wrested the knife from her hands.
  • wrested = took by force
  • I'm trying to wrest a meaning from the old text.
  • wrest = obtain with effort
  • They wrested power from the old government.
  • wrested = took
  • In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • wrest = take (with effort)
  • 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
  • wrested = obtained with effort
  • All brutality and reprimand were wrested from her face.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • wrested = taken
  • I stayed up late, twisting my hair into knots as I tried to wrest meaning from the textbook, then lying in bed and brooding over my notes.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • wrest = obtain with difficult effort
  • 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
  • wrest = take with force
  • The "pillar of light," which was supposed to follow Harold Crosby's now-interrupted, risky descent, appeared to have a will of its own; it illuminated Owen on the mountain of hay, as if the light had wrested control of itself from Barb Wiggin.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • wrested = taken (with effort)
  • They had been given to me by the bishop, and I was still trying to wrest meaning from them.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • wrest = obtain with difficult effort
  • I saw their faces superimposed on every purlin Shawn welded into place that summer, so that by the end of it, I had finally begun to grasp something that should have been immediately apparent: that someone had opposed the great march toward equality; someone had been the person from whom freedom had to be wrested.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • wrested = taken with difficult effort
  • I will settle them on the Gift, once I have wrested it away from your new Lord Commander.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • CHAPTER XXXII And I beseech you, Wrest once the law, to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • As he was wresting it free, a blaze of white appeared at the edge of his vision.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • 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
  • If any female now playing is to wrest the title of world chess champion from men, it is likely to be her.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky

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