wring out

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wring out (third-person singular simple present wrings out, present participle wringing out, simple past and past participle wrung out)

  1. To squeeze a wet material, either by twisting with one's hands, or by passing it through a wringer, to remove the water.
  2. To force someone to give something, usually truth, or money.
    I couldn't help it. I had to tell him. He wrung it out of me.
    They wrung an extra $500 out of us for the transfer fees.
  3. (aviation) To push an aircraft to its performance limits; to push the envelope.
    • 1951, Popular Science, March issue, page 46
      Another difficulty has been that autopilots are designed for ordinary flying. They can't "wring out" a plane, being limited to about 45° in bank and pitch. Aerobatics are an impossibility.
    • 1983, Flying Magazine, June issue, page 94
      Others listening to the conversation felt the same as I did, especially after having seen a local pilot really "wring" out the airplane at their local air show two weeks earlier.
    • 2012, When I Get To Heaven, by Howard Brown, page 39
      I had no conception of what it meant to ”wring out" an airplane until I rode with that magnificent man, and I can't remember his name. After he had scorched the paint off that AT-6, he very quietly said, ”Okay, take her back to the field."

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