verb (used with object), wrung, wringing.
to twist forcibly: He wrung the chicken's neck.
to twist and compress, or compress without twisting, in order to force out water or other liquid (often followed by out ): to wring clothes.
to extract or expel by twisting or compression (usually followed by out or from ).
to affect painfully by or as if by some contorting or compressing action.
to clasp tightly with or without twisting: to wring one's hands in pain.
to force (usually followed by off ) by twisting.
to extract or get by forceful effort or means (often followed by out ).
verb (used without object), wrung, wringing.
to perform the action of wringing something.
to writhe, as in anguish.
a wringing; forcible twist or squeeze.

before 900; Middle English wringen, Old English wringan; cognate with German ringen to wrestle

outwring, verb (used with object), outwrung, outwringing.

ring, wring (see synonym study at ring).
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wring (rɪŋ)
vb , wrings, wringing, wrung
1.  (often foll by out) to twist and compress to squeeze (a liquid) from (cloth, etc)
2.  (tr) to twist forcibly: wring its neck
3.  (tr) to clasp and twist (one's hands), esp in anguish
4.  (tr) to distress: wring one's heart
5.  (tr) to grip (someone's hand) vigorously in greeting
6.  (tr) to obtain by or as if by forceful means: wring information out of
7.  (intr) to writhe with or as if with pain
8.  wringing wet soaking; drenched
9.  an act or the process of wringing
[Old English wringan; related to Old High German ringan (German wringen), Gothic wrungō snare. See wrangle, wrong]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wringan "press, strain, wring, twist" (class III strong verb; past tense wrang, pp. wrungen), from P.Gmc. *wrenganan (cf. O.E. wringen "to wring, press out," O.Fris. wringa, M.Du. wringhen, Du. wringen "to wring," O.H.G. ringan "to move to and fro, to twist," Ger. ringen "to wrestle"), from PIE
*wrengh- "to turn," nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn," from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). Wringer "device for squeezing water from clothes" first recorded 1799. Fig. phrase to put (something) through the wringer first recorded 1942, Amer.Eng.
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