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put someone through the wringer (or the mangle)

Definition of put someone through the wringer or the mangle in English:

informal Subject someone to a very stressful experience, especially a severe interrogation: he has no papers so they put him through the wringer
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  • The story is told from Lucia's viewpoint and she is put through the wringer by her mother.
  • She put him through the wringer financially after only a year and a half of marriage.
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