wring·​er | \ ˈriŋ-ər How to pronounce wringer (audio) \

Definition of wringer

: one that wrings: such as
a : a machine or device for pressing out liquid or moisture a clothes wringer
b : something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion his illness put them through the wringer

Examples of wringer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Steel yourself, because this one from the streamer going to put you through the wringer. Andy Meek, BGR, 12 July 2022 From measurements to texture, absorbency and durability, these towels were (literally) put through the wringer for you. Alyssa Brascia, PEOPLE.com, 11 July 2022 Each episode is fairly predictable: a boss joins their blue-collar staff undercover as a trainee, is put through the wringer, and later enacts policies to change how the company is run. Sophie Van Bastelaer, EW.com, 6 July 2022 Elkins-Tanton has been through the wringer and offers both advice and personal examples. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 2 July 2022 Our analysts then put the backpacks through the wringer to check for durability, performance and ease of use. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2022 The vaccine and testing rule has been through the legal wringer, and its final fate is still uncertain, with the Supreme Court set to consider it, along with the federal vaccine requirement for certain health care workers, the first week of January. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 Thanks to a blend of merino wool and Tencel lyocell, this silky tank from Smartwool dried within a few hours of putting it through the wringer during a hard interval session. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Experts including our fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and fashion director Ted Stafford put countless men's workout shirts through the wringer to evaluate their fit, support, and effectiveness. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wringer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2022

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“Wringer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wringer. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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wring·​er | \ ˈriŋ-ər How to pronounce wringer (audio) \

Kids Definition of wringer

: a machine or device for squeezing liquid out of something (as laundry)

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Nglish: Translation of wringer for Spanish Speakers


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