through the wringer

Definition of through the wringer

informal

  1. :  through a series of very difficult or unpleasant experiences Those poor people have really gone/been through the wringer lately. They were put through the wringer by the adoption agency.

Word by Word Definitions

wringerplay
  1. :  one that wrings: such as

    :  a machine or device for pressing out liquid or moisture

    :  something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion


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