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put someone through the wringer

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put someone through the wringer

verb phrase

To subject to harsh treatment, esp by severe interrogation

[1942+; fr the image of squeezing something out by passing it through a clothing wringer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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