April 08, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
wring /ˈrɪŋ/ verb

wrings; wrung; wringing

A person wringing out a wet towel
A person wringing out a wet towel
Learner's definition of WRING

[+ object]

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

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