- a person or thing that wrings.
- an apparatus or machine for squeezing liquid out of anything wet, as two rollers through which an article of wet clothing may be squeezed.
- a painful, difficult, or tiring experience; ordeal (usually preceded by through the): His child's illness really put him through the wringer.
Origin of wringer
Related Words for wringerquery, investigation, inquiry, questioning, inquisition, inquest, poll, catechism, interrogation, examination, interrogatory, inquiring, wringer
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Contemporary Examples of wringer
He degraded her and he really put her through the wringer, but she survived that and stayed with him anyway.Adam Driver on Role-Play Sex with Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’ and Adam’s Stormy Relationship with Hannah
March 10, 2014
I was angry that good people were run through the wringer of a corrupt, unforgiving system.Nuclear Sub Cheating Scandal
September 22, 2010
But then again, he would probably not want to go through the wringer a second time.The White House's TSA Failure
March 27, 2010
Historical Examples of wringer
Also, your garments are as wrinkled as though you'd been put through a wringer.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Get a strong barrel and a pounder—such as used by washerwomen; also a wringer.Hints on Dairying
T. D. Curtis
Never leave a wringer with the pressure on the rollers when not in use.
Thus, the clothes are wrung as dry as in a wringer of the roller type.
But close—say, that man's so close he puts every copper through the wringer.Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm
Alice B. Emerson
- another name for mangle 2 (def. 1)
"device for squeezing water from clothes," 1799, agent noun from wring. Figurative phrase to put (something) through the wringer first recorded 1942, American English.
see under put through (the wringer).