(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. twist, wring; yank, pull; extort, wrest, snatch; sprain, strain, dislocate; distort. —n. monkey wrench, spanner; twist, yank, etc. See extraction, disjunction, retention.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A violent twist]
Syn. jerk, strain, sprain, tug, pull, dislodgment, extrication, dislocation.
2. [A tool]
Kinds of wrenches include: monkey, single-head, double-head, pipe, Stillson, crescent, sparkplug, hubcap, flat, S-socket, connecting-rod, bearing, persuader*, knuckle-buster*, breakout*, old Maud*; see also tool 1 . v.
Syn. twist, bend, distort, pervert, extract, sprain, strain, pull, tug, jerk, dislodge, wrest, dislocate, yank.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. tool spanner, monkey wrench, pliers.
see tool
2. twist jerk, turn, pull, sprain.
twist, pull, jerk, turn, wring, sprain, strain.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A sudden motion, such as a pull: jerk, lurch, snap, tug, twitch, yank. See MOVE, PUSH. 2. A tool with jaws for gripping and twisting: Chiefly British: spanner. See MACHINE. II verb 1. To injure a (bodily part) by twisting: sprain, turn. See HEALTH. 2. To move or cause to move with a sudden abrupt motion: jerk, lurch, snap, twitch, yank. See MOVE, PUSH. 3. To alter the position of by a sharp, forcible twisting or turning movement: wrest, wring. See MOVE. 4. To obtain by coercion or intimidation: exact, extort, squeeze, wrest, wring. Slang: shake down. See GET. 5. To give an inaccurate view of by representing falsely or misleadingly: belie, color, distort, falsify, load, misrepresent, misstate, pervert, twist, warp, wrest. Idiom: give a false coloring to. See TRUE.

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