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wringer

[ring-er] /ˈrɪŋ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that wrings.
2.
an apparatus or machine for squeezing liquid out of anything wet, as two rollers through which an article of wet clothing may be squeezed.
3.
a painful, difficult, or tiring experience; ordeal (usually preceded by through the):
His child's illness really put him through the wringer.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see wring, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for through-wringer

wringer

/ˈrɪŋə/
noun
1.
another name for mangle2 (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for through-wringer

wringer

n.

"device for squeezing water from clothes," 1799, agent noun from wring. Figurative phrase to put (something) through the wringer first recorded 1942, American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for through-wringer

wrecked

adjective

Intoxicated with or addicted to narcotics (1960s+ Narcotics)


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Idioms and Phrases with through-wringer

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