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Wrest, vb. 1) to pull and take with violence: “the imminent decay of --ed pomp,” John IV, 3, 154 (struggled for? Perhaps wretched). “that doit that e'er I --ed from the king,” H6B III, 1, 112. I of these (signs) “will w. an alphabet,” Tit. III, 2, 44.
2) to turn the wrong way, to misinterpret: “an bad thinking do not w. true speaking,” Ado III, 4, 33. “w. once the law to your authority,” Merch. IV, 1, 215 (to == according to). “have too lavishly --ed his meaning and authority,” H4B IV, 2, 58. “fashion, w. or bow your meaning,” H5 I, 2, 14. “he'll w. the sense,” H6B III, 1, 186. cf. Ill-wresting and O'erwrested.
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