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To get into a perilous plight; be in a painful situation: With the whole bunch against it you got your tail in a gate/ Katie Graham's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published (1940s+)
To get into great difficulty: If you print that, Katie Graham's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer
[1930s+; entry form refers to the old-fashioned washing machine with a hand-or machine-operated wringer having counterrotating cylinders]