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 The final season put Jefferson through the wringer. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 25 May 2021 But before his talent and potential were the focus of fan and evaluator scrutiny, Sewell watched his college teammate Justin Herbert go through the wringer. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 But Hope doesn’t put the viewer through the wringer in these early scenes. Kyle Smith, National Review, 22 Apr. 2021 Justin Holiday has been through the wringer in his 8th season. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2021 By then, James had already been through the wringer, grappling with mental-health issues and drug addiction. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2021 Ahmed Best, who was put through the fandom wringer by Star Wars enthusiasts slamming his goofy character. James Hibberd, EW.com, 14 Sep. 2020 The point Krystkowiak sought to make was that the 2014 team went through the wringer and came out better for it. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 Matt James' season of The Bachelor is really putting his contestants through the wringer. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of wringer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wringer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wringer. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wringer

: a machine used for squeezing water out of clothes that have been washed


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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