Definition of wringer
: one that wrings: such asa : a machine or device for pressing out liquid or moisture a clothes wringerb : something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion his illness put them through the wringer
Recent Examples of wringer from the Web
Ted Diadiun, editorial board member: When will the gun control hand-wringers realize that feel-good gun laws will not keep lethal weapons out of the hands of people who don't obey laws?
The storm surge products were experimental for the past two seasons but finally got put through the wringer during hurricanes Hermine and Matthew and were successful and well-received.
But they were put through the wringer during the legislative session, and didn’t escape unscathed.
The machines that resulted from this research look similar to modern washers, but could represent the biggest leap forward in the laundry industry since electric-powered washing machines rendered wringers obsolete in the early 20th century.
WASHINGTON — Although there is plenty of anxiety in Washington about the shaky early performance of the Trump administration, don’t count Senator Mitch McConnell among the hand wringers.
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First Known Use of wringer
WRINGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wringer for English Language Learners
: a machine used for squeezing water out of clothes that have been washed
WRINGER Defined for Kids
Definition of wringer for Students
: a machine or device for squeezing liquid out of something (as laundry)
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