put through the wringer

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Related to put through the wringer: put through the ringer, worse for wear

put someone through the wringer

Fig. to give someone a difficult time; to interrogate someone thoroughly. (Alludes to putting something through an old-fashioned clothes wringer.) The lawyer really put the witness through the wringer! The teacher put the students through the wringer.
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put somebody through the wringer

to make someone have a very difficult or unpleasant experience
Usage notes: In the past, a wringer was a machine used for pressing water out of clothes.
They really put me through the wringer in my interview.
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put (someone) through the wringer

To subject to a severe trial or ordeal.
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And he was put through the wringer again as Morton had to hang on to their one- goal lead for the last 20 minutes.