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noun wrench pronunciation in American English /rentʃ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] American a tool with a round end that fits around a nut of a particular size. The British word is spanner.
  2. 2
    [singular] a strong movement of pulling and twisting something

    She felt a wrench on her shoulders as he pulled her down.

  3. 3
    [singular] a feeling of sadness caused by leaving a place or a person that you love, or by hearing sad or shocking news

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