through the wringer

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of through the wringer

informal
: 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

wringer play
  1. : one that wrings: such as

  2. : a machine or device for pressing out liquid or moisture

  3. : something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion


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