Definition of wringer in English:

wringer

Syllabification: wring·er
Pronunciation: /ˈriNGər
 
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noun

  • A device 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.

Phrases

put someone through the wringer

informal Subject someone to a very stressful experience, especially a severe interrogation.
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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