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Topic: CLEANING

Language: Old English
Origin: wringan

wring

verb
     
wring past tense and past participle wrung [transitive]
1 [always + adverb/preposition] to succeed in getting something from someone, but only after a lot of effort [= squeeze]
wring something from/out of somebody
They are always trying to wring additional funds from the government.
I managed to wring the information out of him.
2 also wring outDHC to tightly twist a wet cloth or wet clothes in order to remove water
3

wring your hands

to rub and twist your hands together because you are worried and upset
4

wring somebody's hand

to shake hands very firmly with someone
5

wring something's neck

TA to kill a small animal by twisting its neck
6

I'll wring somebody's neck

spoken used when you are very angry with someone:
I'll wring her neck when I get hold of her!
7

wringing wet

extremely wet:
This jacket's wringing wet!
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