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  • noun
    plural wrenches
    [count] US :a tool consisting of a handle with one end designed to hold, twist, or turn an object (such as a bolt or nut)
    an adjustable wrench - called also (Britspanner
    [count] :a violent twisting or pulling movement - usually singular
    He snapped the tree's thick root with a wrench of the shovel.
    [singular] chiefly Brit :something unpleasant that happens and that causes you to feel emotional pain
    It was a wrench to say goodbye to all my friends.
    throw a wrench into the works
    US informal :to damage or change (something) in a way that ruins it or prevents it from working properly
    wrenches; wrenched; wrenching
    to twist and pull with a sudden violent motion [no obj]
    I tried to wrench free from his grip. [+ obj]
    [+ obj] :to injure (a part of your body) by making a violent twisting motion
    [+ obj] :to take (something) by using force