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 To say he was put through the wringer on this live finale would be an understatement. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Peter Weber Was ‘Visibly Shaken’ After the Bachelor Live Finale," 12 Mar. 2020 Like Brown, Crawley has been through the Bachelor Nation wringer before: first on Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor, then on two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise, followed by a stint on Bachelor: Winter Games. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Who Are the 2020 Bachelorette Contestants? Top Theories About Clare Crawley’s Cast," 4 Mar. 2020 The harrowing ordeal puts Harold through the wringer and is a showcase for Lennix. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "The Blacklist star Harry Lennix on the big 'Kuwait' secret and the many versions of Red," 26 Oct. 2019 However, in what almost feels like penance for his long career of pompous portrayals, he is put through the wringer on Curb. Peter Allen Clark, Time, "The 12 Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Cameos of All Time," 17 Jan. 2020 Actors must go through the full wringer of the casting process, competing against hundreds of other worthy actors and awaiting the prospect of a callback. Carlos De Loera, latimes.com, "From Vaporú to coming out, NHMC amplifies an array of Latinx voices," 27 June 2019 Both desperately pursued some elusive version of the American dream that ran them through the goddamn wringer (although Evans did admittedly make out better than Gatsby in the long run). Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Profane Originality of Robert Evans, Hollywood's Most Unapologetic Gatsby," 2 Nov. 2019 And public humiliation and going through the wringer. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Mariah Carey to detail the 'debacle that was Glitter' in new memoir," 8 Oct. 2019 Then came a parade of clubs, putting West through the wringer. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 15, 2019," 15 June 2019

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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 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wringer

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


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Kids Definition of wringer

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

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