Wring meaning

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To wring is to rub your hands together because of nervousness or anxiety.

An example of to wring is to grasp your own hands to keep yourself calm in a stressful situation.

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To wring is to twist or compress something to get the liquid out of it or to get something out of another person or thing using a lot of pressure or force.

An example of to wring is to twist up a shirt that you just washed by hand before you hang it to dry.

An example of to wring is to have an ad agency get every penny out of an unsuspecting client they’re billing.

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The act or an instance of wringing.
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To cause distress to; affect with painful emotion.

A tale that wrings the heart.

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To wrench or twist forcibly or painfully.

Wring the neck of a chicken.

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To obtain or extract by applying force or pressure.

Wrung the truth out of the recalcitrant witness.

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To clasp and twist (the hands) together as an expression of distress.
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To clasp (another's hand) forcefully in greeting.
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To wrench or twist forcibly.
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To afflict with anguish, distress, pity, etc.

A story to wring one's heart.

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To writhe, squirm, or twist with force or great effort.
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The action of wringing or twisting.
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To squeeze or twist tightly so that liquid is forced out.

You must wring your wet jeans before hanging them out to dry.

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To obtain by force.

The police said they would wring the truth out of that heinous criminal.

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To hold tightly and press or twist.

Some of the patients waiting in the dentist's office were wringing their hands nervously.

He said he'd wring my neck if I told his girlfriend.

He wrung my hand enthusiastically when he found out we were related.

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(intransitive) To writhe; to twist, as if in anguish.
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To pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
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To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
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To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
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(nautical) To bend or strain out of its position.

To wring a mast.

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To get or extract by force, threats, persistence, etc.; extort.
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Origin of wring

  • Middle English wringen from Old English wringan wer-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English wringen, from Old English wringan, from Proto-Germanic *wringanÄ… (compare West Frisian wringe, Low German wringen, Dutch wringen, German ringen "˜to wrestle'), from Proto-Indo-European *wrenǵʰ- (compare Lithuanian reñgtis "˜to bend down', Ancient Greek ῥίμφα (rhímpha) "˜fast'), nasalized variant of *werǵʰ- "˜bind, squeeze'. More at worry.
    From Wiktionary