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wrest

Archaic a small key used to tune a piano or harp
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In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason.
His love for my mother had never diminished, and his own ambition in life was to reach a point where he might wrest the metal from Tal Hajus himself, and thus, as ruler of the Tharks, be free to claim her as his own, as well as, by the might of his power, protect the child which otherwise would be quickly dispatched should the truth become known.
"After centuries of oppression I have wrested my rights from the grasp of the jealous gods.
When we leave this place, on whatever terms we leave it, my determination to wrest from Count Fosco the confession which I failed to obtain from his accomplice, goes back with me to London, as certainly as I go back myself.