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wring (rĭng)
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tr.v. wrung (rŭng), wring·ing, wrings
1.
a. To twist, squeeze, or compress, especially so as to extract liquid. Often used with out: wring out a wet towel.
b. To extract (liquid) by twisting or compressing. Often used with out: wrung the water out of my bathing suit.
2. To wrench or twist forcibly or painfully: wring the neck of a chicken.
3.
a. To clasp and twist or squeeze (one's hands), as in distress.
b. To clasp firmly and shake (another's hand), as in congratulation.
4. To cause distress to; affect with painful emotion: a tale that wrings the heart.
5. To obtain or extract by applying force or pressure: wrung the truth out of the recalcitrant witness.
n.
The act or an instance of wringing.

[Middle English wringen, from Old English wringan; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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