verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of wrench
Related formswrench·er, nounwrench·ing·ly, adverbout·wrench, verb (used with object)un·wrenched, adjective
Can be confusedranch wrench
Examples from the Web for wrenching
Dern, then, is responsible for carrying the emotional weight of some of the most wrenching scenes in the pair of tearjerkers.Crying With Laura Dern: The Star on Her Oscar-Worthy ‘Wild’ Turn|Kevin Fallon|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is deeply moving, so much so that you have to be pretty heartless not to be touched by this wrenching account.
The added tragedy of losing a son had been hard enough to bear without the wrenching revelations of recent days.The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl|Michael Daly|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Through its wrenching, eventually exhausting series of betrayals, Game of Thrones asks, “Is treachery unavoidable?”Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’|Jedediah Purdy|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That had now ended with a flag covered coffin, a reality too wrenching to accept immediately.The Teen Love Letters that Led to a Tragic Murder-Suicide in Florida|Michael Daly|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was a wrenching crash of metal, a shrill scream of skidding tires, climaxed by a thunderous roar.Sabotage in Space|Carey Rockwell
Wrenching warehouses to fragments the tornado passed to the river front, leaving a broad swath of wreckage and dead bodies.
Wrenching the lower or root part of the tooth loose from its socket in the jaw is what hurts so when a tooth is pulled.A Handbook of Health|Woods Hutchinson
A slip and a violent, wrenching effort at recovery frightened him.Smoke Bellew|Jack London
Wrenching himself free from her hands, Drew dropped down on the floor and began to hunt around for the key.The Sick-a-Bed Lady|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for wrenching
Word Origin for wrench
Idioms and Phrases with wrenching
see throw a monkey wrench.