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.

1250–1300; Middle English; see wring, -er1

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wringer (ˈrɪŋə)
another name for mangle

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see under put through (the wringer).

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Example sentences
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.
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