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noun as in extraction

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With a mold to shape their composite, the scientists made a working wrench.

Sometimes producers introduce special “powers” that can throw a wrench into things.

The latter point throws a big wrench into proponents of a “herd immunity” approach wherein you simply let enough people get infected and become immune.

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Then, in his second year on the job, Culp got thrown a monkey wrench in the form of the coronavirus.

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Though the pandemic has thrown a wrench in the growth of China’s middle class, it is nonetheless growing, meaning millions more people per year have the means to acquire possessions like cars.

Dickens was a master of heart-wrenching pathos because he felt every pain as he wrote.

Minors are some of the most heart-wrenching cases of police shootings.

Dern, then, is responsible for carrying the emotional weight of some of the most wrenching scenes in the pair of tearjerkers.

The idea that this journey is being transformed into a “pay-per-prayer” weekend, as Sardar notes, is heart wrenching and worrying.

And throughout her interview, Maynard stresses the importance of her family during this heart-wrenching time.

"I don't believe in such folly," cried Dorothy angrily, wrenching her hand from the woman's grasp.

Then I felt a sharp wrenching and a great pain in my neck, to which it seemed my departed head had, after all, returned.

He staggered for an instant, and she succeeded, at last, in wrenching open the door.

Wrenching himself loose from the curtain, he jumped and landed on Michael's back.

"Shot in the hand, I understand," Mayhan went on, wrenching the bag open at length with considerable fuss and feather.


On this page you'll find 20 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to wrenching, such as: eradication, abstraction, derivation, drawing, elicitation, and evocation.

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