1(pull)arrancarhe wrenched the gun from her hand — le arrancó la pistola de la mano
- he wrenched the door off its hinges — desgoznó / desquició la puerta
- you nearly wrenched my arm out of its socket! — ¡casi me dislocas el brazo!
- to wrench oneself away — soltarse / zafarse de un tirón
- On days like this I dream of wrenching the machine from the sockets and hauling it off my desk, showering useless pieces of paper and coffee cups and disks all over the cheap government carpet.
- Jason came in and Jess's heart wrenched at his appearance but she refused to be softened towards him.
- I carefully put the slip of paper back into my pocket and wrenched the shovel out of the ground.
- He grabbed the doorknob and wrenched the door open.
- A sudden cold wrenched my stomach, and I fought to keep from crying out.
- His heart wrenched at the sound, for he knew whom it was behind the tears.
- She groped through her pile of dirty clothes for her battered gym shoes and wrenched them on forcefully.
- He held his breath and wrenched at the door, but it would not open.
- The owner of the shovel grunted and wrenched another mound of dirt out of the ground.
- She wrenched her bedroom door open and walked in, slamming it shut behind her.
- With a final tug, Cedric heaved on the crossbow bolt, wrenching it free at last.
- Like a flash, Dagnin leaps onto the table and wrenches his sword free.
- She doesn't just take the stage - she grabs the camera, squeezes its neck like a tube of toothpaste, and wrenches every iota of power and pathos from every cell of her being to captivate the screen.
- She wrenched her wrist away and backed away, trying to gather her wits.
- Suddenly another pain wrenched her heart and she clutched her chest, gasping for air.
- My idle hands proceeded to pound, wrench, twist, pry, and yank at anything I could get a hold on.
- Releasing the clutch pedal suddenly, I floored the accelerator, and the wheels spun madly as I wrenched the steering wheel with all my might.
- A few cars had smashed windscreens and the entrails of radios strewn over the seats and onto the pavement where the doors had been wrenched open.
- Forcing a smile onto her face, Alicia grabbed the door handle and wrenched it open.
- He jumped, sitting bolt upright, and her heart wrenched at the sight of him.
2(sprain)(muscle) desgarrarse(joint) dislocarse
- Naturally, I dashed back to the car, and promptly wrenched my ankle.
- Upon getting up, he discovered that he'd wrenched his ankle, and couldn't put much weight on it.
- She was badly injured and her spine was wrenched out of place.
- So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again.
- In an effort not to crush them and/or avoid severe plastic pokey bit perforation of your foot, you will twist one way or the other and thus wrench your ankle.
- A racer from Team Whole Foods Market wrenched her ankle immediately and vanished in the cloud of dust raised by the stampede.
- I wrenched my ankle on the way out of the compound.
- She wrenched her wrists trying to get them out of Jack's strong grasp.
3wrenching present participle(sobs) desgarrador
1.1(twist, pull)tirón masculinejalón masculine Southern Cone Latin Americato give sth a wrench — darle / pegarle un tirón a algo
- A sharp wrench to my shoulder and Jonathan forcibly pulling me to my feet shocked me.
- Jo steeled herself, and with an almighty wrench pulled her legs free of Morgan's vice-like grip.
- It is a bit plasticky inside, not helped by the rather dull colours used for the interior trim, but none of the seemingly ill-designed fittings actually came apart of their own accord, only after being given a hard wrench.
- Most sprains happen from a sudden wrench or twist.
- He ordered a loaf, watched as she slipped it into a bag, twisting the top with a wrench of her wrist.
- I may venture to say, loosely, that in Judo there is a sort of counter for every twist, wrench, pull, push or bend.
1.2(injury)torcedura feminineto give one's arm/ankle a wrench — torcerse el brazo/tobillo
1.3(emotional pain)(causado por una separación) dolor masculineit was a terrible wrench leaving my family — fue muy doloroso tener que separarme de mi familia
- And with a sudden wrench inside of his heart, Ark realised that his friend was gone.
- The project is for young people aged 13 to 19 but it is such a wrench for older members to leave that they are trained to become volunteer youth workers and so continue their connection with the project.
- It's going to be a huge wrench for me and everyone who has been at the offices for years.
- You know, many people were so loyal to Dan, Peter and Tom, after having been on for over 20 years, that this throws a wrench in everybody's viewing habits.
- Mr and Mrs Hoban said: ‘This is a big wrench but we cannot support a party that flouts the UN.’
- It will be a major wrench for the youngster, who has considered the Heslington-based club as his ‘home’ course since arriving at York University three years ago.
- It must be a big wrench for him and the supporters to have a home-bred player leave the club.
- Fernandez, who lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Ximena, and one-year-old daughter, Judith, is not being diplomatic when he says that it will be a wrench to leave Livingston.
- Practice manager Sandra Jackson said: ‘We've got a lot of history here and it's really going to be a bit of a wrench, but the new facilities are fantastic.’
- It will be a bit of a wrench to leave the house the family has had for so long.
- This is going to be a huge wrench for me, but it is a huge challenge that I'm looking forward to.
- One of the biggest wrenches was having to give up my job.
- The area, on the edge of the Dales, has much to commend it to Dr Hope, and the move from York should not prove too much of a wrench.
- Although Jay admits it was a wrench leaving her family she is hoping to be joined by husband Sino, 34, who works for an Indian shipping company and their five-year-old daughter Neha in the spring.
- There was more gut wrench when he left Liverpool for Real Sociedad in 1989, only to return to Merseyside with Tranmere as a player two years later.
- But he and his wife Hillary also face the wrench of leaving behind their three sons, Owen and Daniel, who are in university, and Benjamin, who is still in school.
- The move was a real wrench, and he feels guilty about it even though everyone has told him he has done the right thing.
- ‘It is a wrench but I would probably not be able to represent my constituents with the energy I had before, so it is time someone a bit younger took it on,’ she said.
- So, as you can imagine, it's a great wrench to be pulling out: I'm emotionally involved now, it's part of me.
- He describes a lonely pitcher: ‘Life outside the diamond is a wrench.’
2(tool)llave inglesa femininesee also monkey wrench
- Cray took the wrench and disappeared back under the front end.
- He pulled the tire wrench from behind the seat, and walked to the back of the truck.
- Use a spoke wrench to tighten spokes that feel loose relative to the others - just so they're about as snug as the two spokes closest to them; don't crank down.
- Use the adjustable wrench and tighten all the nuts.
- Either faucet can be installed with standard tools, although you may need a basin wrench to reach up to the nuts that hold the faucet to the underside of the sink.
- Lacking the special wrenches required to remove the bolts that held the wings on, the dockworkers had employed cold chisels on the bolt heads.
- Feeling the cold steel in his hand, Mario used the wrench to loosen the bolt underneath the sink in the main bathroom of his parents' apartment.
- Use either vise grips and a pair of pliers, or a pipe wrench and pliers to remove the old shower head.
- A set of three good quality adjustable wrenches - small, medium and large - will fit a very wide range of nuts and bolts and should be all you'll ever need.
- This is a very handy pair of pliers because it can be also used as a pipe wrench, adjustable wrench, wire cutter, ratchet, or a clamp.
- Jason grabbed a wrench and launched it toward the wall.
- When I have to carry a lot of wrenches in an implement toolbox, I can find the one I need quickly by hooking them all on a couple of snap hooks.
- As she entered the garage she spotted Aouri kneeling beside Brigg's motorcycle, tightening something with a wrench.
- Use the wrench to tighten the nut, but not too much.
- Put the nuts on the bolts and tighten them a bit with your fingers, then use a wrench and a screwdriver or Allen key to tighten them completely.
- With a pedal wrench turn the shaft while holding the bike, pedal, and crank steady.
- A few quick turns of a wrench and the joints were together.
- An adjustable wrench works well to tighten up the hardware that holds the faucet in place.
- Remove the pivot bolt with a wrench and take out the spring - with a screwdriver, if necessary.
- Pipe wrenches are necessary to tighten plumbing pipes.