wringer definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a person or thing that wrings
- a machine or device for squeezing out water or other liquid, esp. one fitted with opposed rollers to squeeze the water from wet clothes
Origin: Middle English an oppressor
wringer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
One that wrings, especially a device in which laundry is pressed between rollers to extract water.
wringer - Phrases/Idioms
see under put through (the wringer).
put someone through the wringerâ
Slang to subject someone to a painful or trying experience, as a harsh interrogation
put (someone) through the wringer
To subject to a severe trial or ordeal.