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English

a pipe wrench

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Etymology

Old English wrenċan

Noun

Singular
wrench

Plural
wrenches

wrench (wrenches)
  1. (US) a hand tool for making rotational adjustments, such as fitting nuts and bolts, or fitting pipes.

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Verb

Infinitive
to wrench

Third person singular
wrench

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to wrench (third-person singular simple present wrench, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To pull or twist violently.
    With a surge of adrenaline, she wrenched the car door off and pulled out the injured man.
  2. (transitive) To injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting.
    Be careful not to wrench your ankle walking along those loose stones!
  3. (transitive) To use the tool known as a wrench.
    The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.

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