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wrung

[ruhng] /rʌŋ/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of wring.
Related forms
unwrung, adjective

wring

[ring] /rɪŋ/
verb (used with object), wrung, wringing.
1.
to twist forcibly:
He wrung the chicken's neck.
2.
to twist and compress, or compress without twisting, in order to force out water or other liquid (often followed by out):
to wring clothes.
3.
to extract or expel by twisting or compression (usually followed by out or from).
4.
to affect painfully by or as if by some contorting or compressing action.
5.
to clasp tightly with or without twisting:
to wring one's hands in pain.
6.
to force (usually followed by off) by twisting.
7.
to extract or get by forceful effort or means (often followed by out).
verb (used without object), wrung, wringing.
8.
to perform the action of wringing something.
9.
to writhe, as in anguish.
noun
10.
a wringing; forcible twist or squeeze.
Origin
900
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 (see synonym study at ring)
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Examples from the web for wrung
  • We have wrung our hands over this but what is worse is the labour that they must still endure in order to eat.
  • But on this morning the farmer wrung the chicken's neck instead, and ate it for dinner.
  • Sprinkle the pile with water to keep it about as damp as a wrung-out sponge.
  • The pile should be about as damp as a wrung-out towel.
  • Microorganisms and earthworms thrive in compost heaps that have moisture levels comparable to a wrung-out sponge.
  • He wrung the tax code dry, penny by penny, with parsimonious business deductions and luxurious benefits as a college professor.
  • It wrung his heart to think of their privation and sickness and sorrow.
  • Don't let yourself get so wrung out over the hoaxers.
  • And his books show that he has wrung from them every drop of insight and breadth of perspective they contained.
  • It is true that sometimes he supported tradition and sometimes he wrung its neck.
British Dictionary definitions for wrung

wrung

/rʌŋ/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of wring

wring

/rɪŋ/
verb wrings, wringing, wrung
1.
(often foll by out) to twist and compress to squeeze (a liquid) from (cloth, etc)
2.
(transitive) to twist forcibly: wring its neck
3.
(transitive) to clasp and twist (one's hands), esp in anguish
4.
(transitive) to distress: wring one's heart
5.
(transitive) to grip (someone's hand) vigorously in greeting
6.
(transitive) to obtain by or as if by forceful means: wring information out of
7.
(intransitive) to writhe with or as if with pain
8.
wringing wet, soaking; drenched
noun
9.
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 wrung

wring

v.

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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