wringer

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English wringere, equivalent to wring +‎ -er.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪŋə(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋə(ɹ)

NounEdit

wringer (plural wringers)

  1. One who wrings.
    • 2000, Marlene Evans, Redbirds and Rubies and Rainbows (page 33)
      We wringers of hands don't really want a step to take! We want to continue our hand-wringing and feel hostile toward anyone who acts as if there's something simple to do about any problem.
  2. A device for drying laundry consisting of two rollers between which the wet laundry is squeezed (or wrung); a mangle.
  3. (figuratively) Something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion; an ordeal.

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