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Word: wrest

Definition: obtain by pulling violently; pull away; take by violence; Ex. wrest victory from their grasp


Sentences Containing 'wrest'

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.
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."
Each of the main characters grapples with one of these themes while attempting to wrest themselves from the problem that currently confronts them: Jim has writer's block and is late on a difficult deadline; Eve is wholly uninspired; Beamer has just lost a pile of money on the stock market; Zed is too wound up to enjoy life; Gina is uncomfortable in her own skin; Candy and Kane have nothing to ground them in life except each other; Push needs a party to confirm his existence.
Early in 910 Muhammad’s brother, the Saffarid amir al-Layth b. 'Ali, led an army west towards Fars in an effort to wrest it from its ruler, the slave commander Sebük-eri.
Epiphanius further charges Simon with having tried to wrest the words of St.
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.
hope to wrest this old man's living power from his own living hands?
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.
White possessed a lethal left hook, but seemed to lack the killer instinct. This fault cost him in his 1916 attempt to wrest the crown from Welsh.

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