One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device for wringing water from wet clothes, mops, or other objects.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Next, I visited the nearby car wash, and used their wringer, (also known as a mangle), to manhandle a few ounces of water out of the jeans.’
- ‘The wringer with its flexible rubber rollers is electrically driven and swings effortlessly into 8 different positions.’
- ‘The housewife still had to use a wringer to extract the water at the end of each cycle.’
- ‘As a child watches his mother put washing through the wringer in the 1940s, wet clothes ‘emerge from between the two cylinders of white rubber like giant wrinkled tongues’.’
- ‘If you stroll down the Kaivopuisto esplanade in Helsinki, there's some wooden benches along the harbour that look like picnic benches and industrial size wringers behind the benches.’
- ‘The making of wringers was the town's third-largest industry in the late 19th century and well into the 1950s.’
- ‘Even his mother's washing-machine alarms and enchants him, since he knows one day he'll put his fingers in the wringer, and (experience succeeding innocence) duly does.’
- ‘I argued that the washerwoman might have mangled her hand if she was caught in the wringer, but it couldn't have engulfed her entirely.’
- ‘They were primitive small cylinders, not hooked up to water pipes or drains, with no spin dryers or wringers.’
put someone through the wringer (or the mangle)
informal Subject someone to a very stressful experience, especially a severe interrogation.
interrogate, question, cross-question, quiz, catechizeView synonyms
- ‘She put him through the wringer financially after only a year and a half of marriage.’
- ‘The story is told from Lucia's viewpoint and she is put through the wringer by her mother.’
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