wrings; wrung; wringing
1 : to twist and squeeze (wet cloth, hair, etc.) to remove water
I wrung the towel and hung it up to dry.
I wrung my hair and wrapped it in a towel.
The rag was wrung dry. [=squeezed until almost all of the liquid was gone]
— often + out
wring a sponge out
I wrung out my wet bathing suit.
— sometimes used figuratively
She has been wrung dry by bills. [=she has no money left because she used all of it to pay bills]
2 : to get (something) out of someone or something with a lot of effort — + out of or from
They tried to wring [=squeeze] every last dollar of profit out of the failing company.
I finally managed to wring an apology from her.
3 : to twist and break (an animal's neck) in order to kill the animal
wring a chicken's neck