verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of wrench
Synonyms for wrench
Related Words for wrenchedwrest, tweak, distort, rip, bend, dislocate, wring, sprain, yank, dislodge, pull, pervert, rend, screw, tear, pinch, compel, coerce, contort, twist
Examples from the Web for wrenched
Contemporary Examples of wrenched
One especially frantic Hasid had wrenched his wife to death while fixing his station wagon in front of all nine of his children.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison
May 11, 2014
On the day the game came out, I played for a few hours, then wrenched myself away to play tennis with a friend.Diablo 3 Is Finally Here and One Player Ponders Its Ability to Take Over His Life
May 26, 2012
Historical Examples of wrenched
He leaped toward Garson—would have wrenched the pistol from the other's grasp.Within the Law
"I will go," snarled Holknecht, and he wrenched from my grasp and darted toward the door.City of Endless Night
He found a waving foot with his right hand; wrenched it mightily.
To give it to Thee I have wrenched it from all worldly affection.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
He had wrenched them severely, how severely he scarcely dared think.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Word Origin for wrench
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.
see throw a monkey wrench.