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Definition of wring verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wring

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪŋ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wring
    BrE BrE//rɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪŋ//
     
    he / she / it wrings
    BrE BrE//rɪŋz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪŋz//
     
    past simple wrung
    BrE BrE//rʌŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌŋ//
     
    past participle wrung
    BrE BrE//rʌŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌŋ//
     
    -ing form wringing
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪŋɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪŋɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1wring something (out) to twist and squeeze clothes, etc. in order to get the water out of them
  2. 2wring something if you wring a bird’s neck, you twist it in order to kill the bird More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin Old English wringan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch wringen, also to wrong.Idioms
    wring somebody’s hand
     
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    to squeeze somebody’s hand very tightly when you shake hands
    to hold your hands together, and twist and squeeze them in a way that shows you are anxious or upset, especially when you cannot change the situation
    wring somebody’s neck
     
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    (informal) when you say that you will wring somebody’s neck, you mean that you are very angry or annoyed with them See related entries: Anger
    Phrasal Verbswring something from somebody
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