wrench
1. [ verb ] twist or pull violently or suddenly, esp. so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached
Synonyms: twist
Examples:

"wrench a window off its hinges" "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip" also metaphorically: "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"

Related terms: pull twist
2. [ verb ] make a sudden twisting motion
Related terms: writhe twist
3. [ verb ] twist suddenly so as to sprain
Synonyms: turn sprain wrick rick twist
Examples:

"wrench one's ankle" "The wrestler twisted his shoulder" "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell" "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"

Related terms: injure crick sprain
4. [ verb ] twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
Synonyms: wring
Examples:

"Wring one's hand"

Related terms: twist disfigure wring_out contort
5. [ noun ] a jerky pulling movement
Synonyms: twist
Related terms: movement
6. [ noun ] (medicine) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
Synonyms: pull twist
Examples:

"the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell" "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

Related terms: injury sprain pull
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 24080
8. [ noun ] a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
Synonyms: spanner
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