be put through the wringer

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be put through the wringer

To be subjected to some ordeal, difficulty, trial, or punishment; to undergo an unpleasant experience. Between my mother's bout with cancer, Jenny losing her job, and the bank threatening to foreclose on the house, our family has really been put through the wringer this year. Jake wasn't a great fit for the military, and he was constantly being put through the wringer for disobedience.
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And the actress has been put through the wringer onscreen as well, with her latest role as a criminal psychologist who ends up as an inmate of an asylum accused of murder.