An example of to wring is to grasp your own hands to keep yourself calm in a stressful situation.
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.
A tale that wrings the heart.
Wring the neck of a chicken.
Wrung the truth out of the recalcitrant witness.
A story to wring one's heart.
You must wring your wet jeans before hanging them out to dry.
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.
To wring a mast.
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 *wrenÇµÊ°- (compare Lithuanian reÃ±gtis "˜to bend down', Ancient Greek á¿¥Î¯Î¼Ï†Î± (rhÃmpha) "˜fast'), nasalized variant of *werÇµÊ°- "˜bind, squeeze'. More at worry.