wrench ( wrenches plural & 3rd person present) ( wrenching present participle) ( wrenched past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you wrench something that is fixed in a particular position, you pull or twist it violently, in order to move or remove it.
He felt two men wrench the suitcase from his hand... V n prep
They wrenched open the passenger doors and jumped into her car. V n with adj
2 verb If you wrench yourself free from someone who is holding you, you get away from them by suddenly twisting the part of your body that is being held.
She wrenched herself from his grasp... V pron-refl prep
He wrenched his arm free... V n adj
She tore at one man's face as she tried to wrench free... V adj
3 verb If you wrench one of your joints, you twist it and injure it.
He had wrenched his ankle badly from the force of the fall. V n
4 n-sing If you say that leaving someone or something is awrench, you feel very sad about it.
(BRIT) usu a N to-inf/-ing
I always knew it would be a wrench to leave Essex after all these years..., Although it would be a wrench, we would all accept the challenge of moving abroad.
5 n-count A wrench or a monkey wrench is an adjustable metal tool used for tightening or loosening metal nuts of different sizes.
6 If someone throws a wrench or throws a monkey wrench into a process, they prevent something happening smoothly by deliberately causing a problem.
throw a wrench phrase V inflects, PHR in/into n
Their delegation threw a giant monkey wrench into the process this week by raising all sorts of petty objections.
in BRIT, use throw a spanner in the works
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