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wrest
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
obtain with difficult effort or force
  • 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.
    Chapters 61-63 — Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (40% in)
  • Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (15% in)
  • Besides, this idea of Jonah's weathering the Cape of Good Hope at so early a day would wrest the honour of the discovery of that great headland from Bartholomew Diaz, its reputed discoverer, and so make modern history a liar.
    Chapters 82-84 — The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (64% in)
  • What! hope to wrest this old man's living power from his own living hands?
    Chapters 121-123 — Midnight, on the Forecastle; Midnight, Aloft; The Musket (82% in)

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