Definition of wringer in English:


Line breaks: wring¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪŋə


A device such as a mangle for wringing water from wet clothes, mops, or other objects.
More example sentences
  • A man standing over a hopper feeds in chunks of the batter, which are pressed through mechanical rollers that look like the clothes wringer on an old-fashioned washing machine.
  • The housewife still had to use a wringer to extract the water at the end of each cycle.
  • On one side of the main building there were four washing machines and two wringers, which were driven by a 20-horse-power engine placed in the adjoining building.


put someone through the wringer (or the mangle)

informal Subject someone to a very stressful experience, especially a severe interrogation: he has no papers so they put him through the wringer
More example sentences
  • 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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