wring


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wring \Wring\, v. i.
   To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
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         'T is all men's office to speak patience
         To those that wring under the load of sorrow. --Shak.
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         Look where the sister of the king of France
         Sits wringing of her hands, and beats her breast.
                                                  --Marlowe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wring \Wring\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrung, Obs. Wringed; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Wringing.] [OE. wringen, AS. wringan; akin to
   LG. & D. wringen, OHG. ringan to struggle, G. ringen, Sw.
   vr[aum]nga to distort, Dan. vringle to twist. Cf. Wrangle,
   Wrench, Wrong.]
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   1. To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence;
      to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes
      in washing. "Earnestly wringing Waverley's hand." --Sir W.
      Scott. "Wring him by the nose." --Shak.
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            [His steed] so sweat that men might him wring.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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            The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.
                                                  --Bacon.
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            The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar,
            and wring off his head.               --Lev. i. 15.
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   2. Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
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            Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait
            fortune.                              --Clarendon.
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            Didst thou taste but half the griefs
            That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus
            coldly.                               --Addison.
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   3. To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
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            How dare men thus wring the Scriptures? --Whitgift.
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   4. To extract or obtain by twisting and compressing; to
      squeeze or press (out); hence, to extort; to draw forth by
      violence, or against resistance or repugnance; -- usually
      with out or form.
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            Your overkindness doth wring tears from me. --Shak.
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            He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the
            fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the
            fleece.                               --Judg. vi.
                                                  38.
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   5. To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order
      to enforce compliance.
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            To wring the widow from her 'customed right. --Shak.
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            The merchant adventures have been often wronged and
            wringed to the quick.                 --Hayward.
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   6. (Naut.) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to
      wring a mast.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wring \Wring\, n.
   A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping. [Obs.]
   --Bp. Hall.
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