One especially frantic Hasid had wrenched his wife to death while fixing his station wagon in front of all nine of his children.
On the day the game came out, I played for a few hours, then wrenched myself away to play tennis with a friend.
Their only oar was wrenched from the grasp of the fisherman, and the frail bark was thus left to the mercy of the waves.
He got it—held it for a second—then it was wrenched out of his hand.
That certainty had pierced him, even as the first horrible convulsion seized her and wrenched her sideways off the bench.
He wrenched at the door again, jamming down his helmet with one hand.
The great brute stood still in her tracks and, with lowered head, snapped and wrenched at the thing that bit into her very lungs.
She wrenched away from him and before he could stop her she had got to the door and slid it open.
When these were wrenched from their grasp, their importance as wielders of wealth and influence ceased.
Then, laying aside the file, and grasping the bar, he wrenched it out of the solderings.
Old English wrencan "to twist," from Proto-Germanic *wrankijanan (cf. Old High German renken, German renken "to twist, wrench," Old English wringan "to wring"), from PIE *wreng- "to turn" (cf. Sanskrit vrnakti "turns, twists," Lithuanian rengtis "to grow crooked, to writhe"), nasalized variant of *werg- "to turn" (cf. Latin vergere "to turn, tend toward"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Related: Wrenched, wrenching.
Old English wrenc "a twisting, artifice, trick;" see wrench (v.). The meaning "tool with jaws for turning" is first recorded 1794.