From Middle English wringen, from Old English wringan, from Proto-Germanic *wringaną (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.
- To squeeze or twist tightly so that liquid is forced out.
- You must wring your wet jeans before hanging them out to dry.
- Bible, Judg. vi. 38
- He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece.
- Your overkindness doth wring tears from me.
- To obtain by force.
- The police said they would wring the truth out of that heinous criminal.
- 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.
- Francis Bacon
- The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.
- Bible, Leviticus i. 15
- The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head
- (intransitive) To writhe; to twist, as if in anguish.
- To kill an animal, usually poultry, by breaking its neck by twisting.
- 'Tis all men's office to speak patience / To those that wring under the load of sorrow.
- To pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
- Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune.
- Didst thou taste but half the griefs / That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly.
- To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
- How dare men thus wring the Scriptures?
- To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
- To wring the widow from her 'customed right.
- The merchant adventurers have been often wronged and wringed to the quick.
- (nautical) To bend or strain out of its position.
- to wring a mast
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- “wring”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- wring in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913