through the wringer


: 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.

Examples of through the wringer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company has been through the wringer over the past year with a slumping stock price, successive quarters of weak earnings pulled down by losses in its streaming division. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 27 Apr. 2024 Over the last few months, our diverse group of testers (including new parents tackling baby messes; New Yorkers cramped in tiny apartments; and pet owners managing smelly surprises from their furry friends) put 124 items through the wringer. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 17 Apr. 2024 Everyone knew that Stability AI was going through the wringer. Allie Garfinkle, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Forterra has been through the wringer over the years in what may be one of the most stringent testing processes anywhere, submitting their systems to the Army Test and Evaluation Center, with most testing done at ATEC’s Aberdeen Test Center. Richard Bishop, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 From draft busts to the first ever team in league history to go winless through a 16-game season, their fans have been through the wringer. Ben Morse, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 For starters, Hughes had to be going through the wringer. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 23 Jan. 2024 Celebrity couples have been through the wringer, from breakups to makeups and permanent separations resulting in divorce. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 15 Dec. 2023 The monster makes no logical sense anatomically, but despite that Gigan has managed to put Godzilla through the wringer like few other adversaries. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Dec. 2023

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“Through the wringer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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