[ ring-er ]
/ ˈrɪŋ ər /


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

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wring, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for wringer


/ (ˈrɪŋə) /


another name for mangle 2 (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for wringer



"device for squeezing water from clothes," 1799, agent noun from wring. Figurative phrase to put (something) through the wringer first recorded 1942, American English.

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Idioms and Phrases with wringer


see under put through (the wringer).

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