Word of the Day (March 26, 2013): wrest

Wrest [rest]

Definition: To take away by force

verb:

1. to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.

2. to twist or torn; pull, jerk or force by a violent twist.

verb:

1. to get away be effort; to wrest a living from the soil.

2. to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like: wrench.

noun:

1. a wresting; twist or wrench.

2. a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.

Examples:

1. Can I possibly go back and wrest from my past some remnant of a better beginning?

– Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion, 2006

2. He could wrest beauty from anything.

– Fiona Maazel, Last Last Change, 2009

From Dictionary.com

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