Phrases with "wrest"

R. D. Blackmore Of course we can easily wrest it from you, and must do so if you defy me. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

A minute sufficed to wrest it from him, break it in two pieces, and throw it under the grate. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

He could not bear the idea of the Rajah Laut being able to boast that Abdulla bin Selim, like other and lesser men, had also come to grief when trying to wrest his secret from him. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

William Makepeace Thackeray His Majesty Louis Philippe was, it need not be said, the illustrious wielder of the sceptre which the three above-named princes desired to wrest from him. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

His sons believed he had buried it somewhere; but they tried in vain to wrest his secret from him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

They listened to him with a passionate eagerness which suggested how alluring was the dream which he proposed to wrest out of the arena of visions. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Henry Fielding They do not, indeed, want the comments of men, who, when they cannot bend their mind to the obedience of Scripture, are desirous to wrest Scripture to a compliance with their own inclinations. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Edward Bellamy No doubt it seems to you that no necessity, however dire, would have tempted you to subsist on what superior skill or strength enabled you to wrest from others equally needy. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

James Joyce And you who wrest old images from the burial earth? The brainsick words of sophists: Antisthenes. A lore of drugs. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

When it turned to wrest the suffrage from the proletariate, at the first election where it attempted to make head against them, it was simply snowed under, as your picturesque phrase is. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Maria Edgeworth Moriarty seized hold of the whip, and struggled to wrest it from his hand; Ormond then snatched a pistol from his holster, telling Moriarty he would shoot him, if he did not let the whip go. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

He believed, as did some others, that his uncle had originated the slanders, impossible to substantiate, in order to wrest his inheritance from him. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Charles Dickens He had even tried to wrest the child out of my arms, that he might keep her in his. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

George Eliot He was striving to purify his feeling in this matter from selfish or worldly dross — a striving which is that prayer without ceasing, sure to wrest an answer by its sublime importunity. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

To wrest the wealth of A from B and leave C lamenting a vanishing opportunity. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Come, darling, let’s take the future in our own hands, and together wrest happiness from life. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Olaf Stapledon Combination of the workers to wrest better conditions from the masters was condemned as a wicked interference with sacred economic laws. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I endeavoured to wrest myself free. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Rudyard Kipling My friend, if cause doth wrest thee, Ere folly hath much oppressed thee, Far from acquaintance kest thee Where country may digest thee . Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson Henriette did not return: a wild fear gripped her lest they should have some power policeman-like to wrest Peterle from her. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Juliette clung to him, trying to wrest the revolver from his grasp. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Olaf Stapledon It may be that unless the peoples can contrive to wrest power from tyrants to-day their minds to-morrow will be as servile as the minds of cattle. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dudley Warner The Moor, seeing his antagonist exhausted, availed himself of his superior force, and, grappling, endeavored to wrest him from his saddle. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

He is yours by every sacred tie, and no treacherous female friend must wrest him from you. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Eliot A few ideas had occurred to him, eminently fitted to engage the audience profitably, and so to wrest some edification out of an unforeseen delay. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The Italian is subtle, the Spaniard treacherous: tortures, it was said, could never wrest from an Egyptian the confession of a secret. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Jules Verne He made a dash at the fragment of bacon, and seemed determined to wrest it from my grasp. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Goethe did not love Bellina. Put a big stone in Goethe’s place — the Sphinx no power has ever been able to wrest from its desert sand — and Bellina’s letters are understandable. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

W. H. Hudson And she, too, is unsubdued; she dries her tears and laughs again; she has found out a new weapon it will take him long to wrest from her hands. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Theodore Dreiser She seemed a thorough master of her moodthoroughly confident and determined to wrest all control from him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

James Joyce Folly indeed! Her brothers would laugh and try to wrest the page from each other with their strong hard fingers. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

It is man’s office — with us — to buffet with the world, to wrest the means of livelihood, of comfort, luxury, from the grudging hand of fortune. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Susanna Rowson I wrest not the power from the hand of omnipotence. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

To save the life of Baron d’Escorval — an enemy — to wrest him from the execution on the very steps of the scaffold, as it were, seemed to him a delightful enterprise. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Leon Trotsky The boat for New York sailed from Barcelona. I managed to wrest permission to go there to meet my family. My Life by Leon Trotsky

In vain he strove to picture in its completeness that — as yet vaguedesign by which he promised himself to wrest from the vanished son of the wealthy ship-builder his name and heritage. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Caroline Lamb Yourself shall wish it; for I will never wrest from you that which, unless freely given, is little worth. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Fate and the fog had brought me here, the one solitary soul perhaps who by the chain of circumstances had both the will and the opportunity to wrest their secret from these four men. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

But the child, the infant, the soul that looks to mine for its shield! — magician, I wrest from thee that soul! Pardon, pardon, if my words wrong thee. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Meredith You treat me as you treated the lady who came here formerly to wrest your dupe from your clutches. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Though a man should extract a sanguinary stream from the pallid turnip, yet will his prowess be balked when he comes to wrest salt from Bogle’s cruets. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

James Joyce Muddy swinesnouts, hands, root and root, gripe and wrest them. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]