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  • n  a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
  • n  a jerky pulling movement
  • n  a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
  • v  twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates
    wrench a window off its hinges
    wrench oneself free from somebody's grip
    a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest
  • v  make a sudden twisting motion
  • v  twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
  • v  twist suddenly so as to sprain
    wrench one's ankle

  • There's a table, some off-brand mesh office chairs, a bookcase that looks as if it had been put together with an Allen wrench and instructions in Swedish.
  • Justin Frankel's Winamp threw a monkey wrench into the music business.
  • The police officer said authorities found a pipe wrench in a bathroom in the prison yard, which the inmates apparently used to open a ventilation window.
News & Articles

  • Joss Whedon Suggests ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Won’t Appear in ‘The Avengers 2?
    A monkey wrench has been thrown into our collective understanding of what Marvel has in store for Phase Two. We’ve seen what Tony Stark is up to in Iron Man 3; we have an idea what Thor will tackle in Thor: The Dark World; and Captain America is currently working his butt off filming Captain America: [...]
    June 13, 2013 - /Film
  • WSJ: Clearwire to endorse Dish's offer, push back vote on Sprint deal (updated)
    Well, it looks like Sprint's letter to Clearwire Corp. didn't adequately trash Dish Network. According to The Wall Street Journal , a special committee of Clearwire's board will push back a shareholder vote on Sprint's deal this Thursday and recommend that the full board endorse Dish's buyout proposal. Needless to say, that would put a sizable wrench in Sprint's plans to fully acquire the ...
    June 12, 2013 - Engadget
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    New studies show websites fending off 95 percent more exploits than five years ago, and 30 percent safer than last year. Are mobile devices throwing a wrench in the works? Backend APIs, leveraging web logic for mobile and brute scrapers. How simple strategies are often most secure.
    June 11, 2013 - GigaOM

  • Gordon Gee in The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
    Every musical act, not just us, he walks to the side of the stage and watches you. That says as much about Jay as it does the act performing. Jay turns a pretty good wrench, and hotrod mechanics usually have hotrod music around them when they're... Dwight Yoakam http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Yoakam&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNEla9heAiics8IJLJpfVAzaIiYRXQ FOXNews http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008May12/0,4670,YoakamTonightShow,00.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNHz6k4tqyMtBOTTXOlheGoPVf3BjA May 12, 2008 111342 146031 wrench Gordon Gee, who long ago identified that 13-13 result against Michigan as one of OSU's best wins ever, said of his resistance to a playoff in college football: They'll have to wrench a playoff system out of my cold, dead hands."
  • Vojislav Kostunica in Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription)
    Throughout history, many oppressors have tried to forcibly wrench Kosovo from us, but this is the first time (they) are demanding that we accept this in a slave-like manner,Kostunica said in a clear reference to the United States, and many...

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