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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England boss Roy Hodgson was put through the wringer at Wembley last night as his Three Lions toiled to break down a Slovenia side that offered little in attack.
The group was put through the wringer during last year's first half, when revenues slumped due to weakness in the online poker business and the World Cup impact.
And he was put through the wringer again as Morton had to hang on to their one- goal lead for the last 20 minutes.