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Definition of wring

transitive verb

1 : to squeeze or twist especially so as to make dry or to extract moisture or liquid wring a towel dry
2 : to extract or obtain by or as if by twisting and compressing wring water from a towel wring a confession from the suspect
3a : to twist so as to strain or sprain into a distorted shape I could wring your neck
b : to twist together (clasped hands) as a sign of anguish
4 : to affect painfully as if by wringing : torment a tragedy that wrings the heart

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Examples of wring in a Sentence

I wrung the towel and hung it up to dry. I wrung my hair and wrapped it in a towel.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite that increase, there’s bad news for those poor souls who wring their hands and gnash their teeth over trade deficits. Ken Roberts, Forbes, "New Data Shows 2021 U.S. Trade Soars Past Pre-Covid 2019 Record Total," 4 May 2021 Rinse the cloth with water, wring it out and wipe away the residue. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Air Fryer," 24 Mar. 2021 Working in batches, transfer some of the potato-onion mixture to a large piece of cheesecloth set over a cutting board, and wring out excess liquid into a medium bowl. Washington Post, "Crisp, golden potato kugel can be the highlight of your Passover table, or any other meal," 16 Mar. 2021 Yet this was no time to wring our hands and moan about Republicans’ indifference to human suffering. Glamour, "Mazie K. Hirono’s Memoir Is an Epic, Heart-Tugging Journey," 19 Apr. 2021 Inside the Trump reelection headquarters in Northern Virginia, the pressure was building to wring ever more money out of his supporters. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How Trump steered supporters into millions of unwitting donations," 4 Apr. 2021 The impulse to wring the maximum amount of value from workers at the least amount of cost is nothing new, of course. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "As Amazon Workers Organize, They Stress: ‘We Are Not Robots’," 9 Apr. 2021 As a broader fee war has narrowed profit margins for money managers over the last decade, firms are looking to wring more revenue from the surge. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Putting the Grift in ESG," 20 Mar. 2021 Normally, a top seed struggling to react and adjust the way the Aztecs did against an 8-seed considered to be so clearly outgunned would be a reason to wring hands raw. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wyoming’s slow pace stuns, fails to stop Aztecs," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of wring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wring

Middle English, from Old English wringan; akin to Old High German ringan to struggle, Lithuanian rengtis to bend down, Old English wyrgan to strangle — more at worry

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The first known use of wring was before the 12th century

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“Wring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wring. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wring

: to twist and squeeze (wet cloth, hair, etc.) to remove water
: to get (something) out of someone or something with a lot of effort
: to twist and break (an animal's neck) in order to kill the animal


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wrung\ ˈrəŋ \; wringing

Kids Definition of wring

1 : to twist or press so as to squeeze out moisture Wring out your bathing suit.
2 : to get by or as if by twisting or pressing Police wrung a confession from the criminal.
3 : to twist with a forceful or violent motion He wrung the chicken's neck.
4 : to affect as if by wringing The bad news wrung our hearts.
5 : to twist (hands) together as a sign of anguish

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