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[ring] /rɪŋ/
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.
Origin of wring
before 900; Middle English wringen, Old English wringan; cognate with German ringen to wrestle
Related forms
outwring, verb (used with object), outwrung, outwringing.
Can be confused
ring, wring. Unabridged
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  • He reached the shadow of the coconut grove and stopped, glad of a chance to wring out his clothes.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Were he taken they'd wring out of him whatever happened to be in him.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Then wring out one of the cold towels thoroughly, so as to have it damp and not dripping; fold it lengthways eight ply.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • wring out that pesky wash and spread it on the grass to dry.

  • The chance to wring out of existence its richest wine was before him, had been thrust upon him, and he had neglected it.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • I ought to have told you to take off and wring out your clothes.

    Blue Jackets George Manville Fenn
  • John and his mother came in with the clothes basket as she started to wring out the mop to wipe the first corner finished.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
British Dictionary definitions for wring out


verb wrings, wringing, wrung
(often foll by out) to twist and compress to squeeze (a liquid) from (cloth, etc)
(transitive) to twist forcibly: wring its neck
(transitive) to clasp and twist (one's hands), esp in anguish
(transitive) to distress: wring one's heart
(transitive) to grip (someone's hand) vigorously in greeting
(transitive) to obtain by or as if by forceful means: wring information out of
(intransitive) to writhe with or as if with pain
wringing wet, soaking; drenched
an act or the process of wringing
Word Origin
Old English wringan; related to Old High German ringan (German wringen), Gothic wrungō snare. See wrangle, wrong
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Word Origin and History for wring out



Old English wringan "press, strain, wring, twist" (class III strong verb; past tense wrang, past participle wrungen), from Proto-Germanic *wrenganan (cf. Old English wringen "to wring, press out," Old Frisian wringa, Middle Dutch wringhen, Dutch wringen "to wring," Old High German ringan "to move to and fro, to twist," German ringen "to wrestle"), from PIE *wrengh- "to turn," nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus).

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