From Middle English wryngen, wringen, from Old English wringan, from Proto-Germanic *wringaną (compare West Frisian wringe, Low German wringen, Dutch wringen, German ringen ‘to wrestle’), from Proto-Indo-European *wrenǵʰ- (compare Lithuanian reñgtis ‘to bend down’, Ancient Greek ῥίμφα (rhímpha) ‘fast’), nasalized variant of *werǵʰ- ‘bind, squeeze’. More at worry.
- To squeeze or twist tightly so that liquid is forced out; usually wring out.
- You must wring (out) your wet jeans before hanging them up to dry.
- Bible, Judg. vi. 38
- He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece.
- Your overkindness doth wring tears from me.
- To obtain by force.
- The police said they would wring the truth out of that heinous criminal.
- To hold tightly and press or twist.
- Some of the patients waiting in the dentist's office were wringing their hands nervously.
- He said he'd wring my neck if I told his girlfriend.
- He wrung my hand enthusiastically when he found out we were related.
- Francis Bacon
- The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.
- Bible, Leviticus i. 15
- The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head
- (intransitive) To writhe; to twist, as if in anguish.
- To kill an animal, usually poultry, by breaking its neck by twisting.
- 'Tis all men's office to speak patience / To those that wring under the load of sorrow.
- To pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
- Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune.
- Didst thou taste but half the griefs / That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly.
- To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
- How dare men thus wring the Scriptures?
- To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
- To wring the widow from her 'customed right.
- The merchant adventurers have been often wronged and wringed to the quick.
- (nautical) To bend or strain out of its position.
- to wring a mast
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wring (plural wrings)
- wring in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- wring in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- (archaic) A press; a device for pressing or compressing, especially for cider.
- 1670, John Evelyn, Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees […] , London: Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry, page 53:
- A Friend of mine having made provision of Apples for Cider, whereof so great a part were found rotten when the time of grind∣ing them came, that they did, as 'twere wash the Room with their Juice, through which they were carried to the Wring.
- 1753, Hugh Stafford, A treatise on cyder-making, with a catalogue of cyder-apples of character, in Herefordshire and Devonshire. To which is prefixed, A dissertation on cyder and cyder-fruit, page 48:
- In order to avoid a great deal of trouble, and to perform the work more effectually, by diveſting the new made Cyder of what pummice and other impurities remain; after straining it through a hair ſieve, on its coming from the Wring, or Preſs, it is neceſſary to be provided with a large open vat, keeve, or clive, which will contain a whole pounding, or making of Cyder […]
- 1826, The Vintner's, Brewer's, Spirit Merchant's, and Licensed Victualler's Guide, London: W. Whetton, page 216:
- Take any quantity of cider that is old, strong, harsh, or of an inferior quality, and add to it the same quantity of cider from the wring, or press; rouse it up well, and fix it in a warm place, or in the sun, which is certainly the best for its progress […]
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