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[ring-er] /ˈrɪŋ ər/
a person or thing that wrings.
an apparatus or machine for squeezing liquid out of anything wet, as two rollers through which an article of wet clothing may be squeezed.
a painful, difficult, or tiring experience; ordeal (usually preceded by through the):
His child's illness really put him through the wringer.
Origin of wringer
1250-1300; Middle English; see wring, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wringer
  • White clothes taken from the washer were sent through the wringer into the bluing tub.
  • Unfortunately, other families have had to travel this path and have experienced the same emotional wringer.
  • The resulting sludge is filtered using coffee filters or any makeshift filtering device such as a mop bucket wringer.
  • The entry side of each veneer wringer other than glue spreader shall be enclosed, leaving only sufficient space to insert stock.
British Dictionary definitions for wringer


another name for mangle2 (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for wringer

"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 wringer



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

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Idioms and Phrases with wringer


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