"to twist, wrench," from P.Gmc. *wraistijanan
(cf. O.N. reista
"to bend, twist"), derivative of *wrig-, *wreik-
"to turn" (see wry
). Meaning "to pull, detach" (something) is recorded from c.1300. Meaning "to take by force" (in ref. to power, authority, etc.) is attested from 1426.