To wrest is to forcefully grab or take something away. You can wrest away many things, such as remote controls and championships.

This word is strong and a little violent. It's not easy to wrest something away. Wresting away is a little like "wrestling" something away — you can't get it without a fight. Objects can be wrested away, but so can non-physical things. In a tough election, you could say the new president wrests away the title of commander-in-chief from the incumbent candidate.

Definitions of wrest
  1. verb
    obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
    wrest the knife from his hands”
    wrest a meaning from the old text”
    wrest power from the old government”
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    type of:
    take or capture by force
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