Definition of wringer in English:



  • A device such as a mangle for wringing water from wet clothes, mops, or other objects.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were primitive small cylinders, not hooked up to water pipes or drains, with no spin dryers or wringers.’
    • ‘The housewife still had to use a wringer to extract the water at the end of each cycle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wringer with its flexible rubber rollers is electrically driven and swings effortlessly into 8 different positions.’


  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      interrogate, question, cross-question, quiz, catechize
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