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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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Other Words from wring

wring noun

Synonyms for wring


exact, extort, wrest

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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.

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The Office’’ is headed to Boston in November, attempting to wring laughs from the travails of the misfits at Dunder Mifflin (who were plenty funny to begin with). Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Musical parody of ‘The Office’ headed to Boston," 4 Sep. 2019 Both South American clubs may be trying to wring final concessions out of the MLS teams knowing both are motivated to get something done with the transfer deadline looming. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Galaxy, LAFC could have major transfer news soon," 30 July 2019 If not, there’s going to be a lot of hand wringing on Toomer’s Corner. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Kent State Golden Flashes at Auburn Tigers odds, picks and best bets," 14 Sep. 2019 Still, investors seem to think Elliott’s plan could wring more value from AT&T. The shares surged as much as 5.2% to $38.14 in New York trading Monday. Scott Deveau, Fortune, "‘There Will Be a Fight’: AT&T Stock Soars As Activist Investor Looks to Shake Things Up," 9 Sep. 2019 On one fourth-quarter kickoff, Leavitt ran down the middle of the field, spun off a block and wrung returner Andy Isabella down at the 17-yard line. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders safety Dallin Leavitt took unsung route to roster spot," 9 Sep. 2019 Still, investors seem to think Elliott’s plan could wring more value from AT&T. The shares surged as much as 5.2% to $38.14 in New York trading Monday. Los Angeles Times, "AT&T stock rises as activist investor Elliott reveals $3.2-billion stake," 9 Sep. 2019 Mice have been a problem in the past, but Dutch farmers no longer wring their hands and weep for their fields. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "A plague upon your land: Mouse damage visible from space," 25 July 2019 But the details are important, even if some of them may change as any proposal is wrung through the legislative grinder. Paul Waldman, The Denver Post, "Waldman: Where is Elizabeth Warren’s health care plan?," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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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


\ ˈriŋ How to pronounce wring (audio) \
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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