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

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Then came a parade of clubs, putting West through the wringer. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 15, 2019," 15 June 2019 On The Tonight Show Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon welcomed Evans to the show to put him and Selena Gomez through the wringer. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Selena Gomez melts down with Jimmy Fallon during spicy hot wings challenge," 12 June 2019 There's no question that Sophie Turner's Game of Thrones character, Sansa Stark was put through the wringer. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Game Of Thrones Period Scene Was the Most Embarrassing Moment Of Sophie Turner's Career," 10 June 2019 Besides Jo and Alex, Owen also went through the wringer for the latest episode. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Are EXPLODING Over What Happened With Jo and Alex," 19 Apr. 2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 certainly puts its lead through the wringer. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Inside the World Premiere of John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum," 13 May 2019 Hyland’s body has put her through the wringer, forcing her to confront her own lack of control and adjust her goals, expectations, relationships, and self-image to make space for her medical needs. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 But the failures of authoritarian states are often far graver than the problems that preoccupy the professional hand-wringers of the liberal West. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The ‘Crisis of Democracy’ Is Overhyped," 27 Aug. 2018 The consortium has brought together many research groups who work on various psychiatric diseases, as well as on neurological diseases, and has run their collective data through the wringer. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of wringer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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