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wring something from something

 and wring something out of something
to remove liquid from something by squeezing or twisting. She wrung the water from the cloth and wiped up the rest of the spill. Alice wrung the water out of the washcloth.
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wring something out

to squeeze or twist something dry of liquid. He wrung the rag out and wiped up more of the spilled milk. Liz wrung out the rag and wiped up more of the spilled milk.
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wring something out of someone

to pressure someone into telling something. The police will wring the truth out of her. After a lot of questioning, they wrung the information out of Fred.
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wring your hands

to worry about something but not do anything about it It's too bad your grades have dropped, but if you just wring your hands over it, nothing will improve.
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wring something out of somebody

to persuade someone to give you what you want She is a very original comedian and can wring laughs out of any audience. The trick in fundraising is to wring money out of people who don't want to give it away.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of wring something out (to twist cloth that is wet to get the water out of it)
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I'll wring your neck!

something that you say when you are very angry with someone I'll wring his neck if he does it again. I could wring his neck, I feel so annoyed with him.
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wring your hands

to show that you are very sad or anxious about a situation but do nothing to improve it It's not enough for us to stand by and wring our hands - we've got to take action.
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wring from

1. To extract some liquid by twisting and compressing something: I wrung the water from the cloth and laid it out to dry.
2. To obtain or extract some information by applying force or pressure to someone: My mother finally wrung the truth from us, and we told her everything.
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wring out

1. To twist, squeeze, or compress something, especially so as to extract liquid: I wrung out the wet towel. Wring the clothes out before you hang them on the line.
2. To extract some liquid by twisting or compressing something: Wring out the suds from the dishcloth when you're done washing the dishes. She twisted her hair to wring the rain out of it.
3. To obtain or extract some information by applying force or pressure to someone; extort something from someone: We can wring out the story from him if we question him long enough. The prosecutor wrung the truth out of the reluctant witness.
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EPA by INDA and SMART (the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association) noted that hand wringing of soiled wipes should be a Federal requirement for a host of legal, environmental and public policy reasons, and INDA urged the Agency to adopt a hand wringing standard in the final version of the rule.
Instead of wringing our hands or rejoicing in the popularity of a few TV shows, we should all be out there, reminding relatives, friends, and coworkers that we're still here; we haven't changed.
it is pragmatic architecture that is being generated opportunistically by wringing the maximum potential from the ordinary.
There is much hand wringing about education these days, as there should be.
The "high islands," such as the Hawaiians, can depend on more regular rainfall because their mountain peaks cool passing clouds, wringing moisture from them.
The prince was determinded not to attract the same criticism as the Queen when she was caught wringing a pheasant's neck on a shoot.
As she stood upright she swiftly put it out of its misery by wringing its neck with both hands.
She suggests training staff to redirect a resident appropriately and to identify nonverbal cues, such as pulling on pants, wringing hands, or moaning.
Fueling profits will be the strength of the luxury segment - and the overall lodging industry's greater attention to maximizing margins, wringing out unnecessary costs from hotel operations.
Phillips is aware that there's a problem with wringing all situations for their spiritual meaning.
A former member of Paul Taylor's company, Tosti is a singularly fluent performer, wringing pathos out of the windup movements of his Keatonesque character one moment and piquancy out of a wet pair of socks the next.
We are moved by the plight of the poor homeless, but the enormity of the problem leads us to run in place, slowly and maybe wringing our hands.
4 million stock owners, chances are you're wringing your hands right now.
Folk all colored from pale and yellow to midnight blue-black never just stand back and watch they gon' say it how they see it how they feel 'bout everything and then some from roaches to do-rags from daddy-do right to David Ku-Klux Duke to sisters wringing the barest budget for another meal So, here's a taste begun in a roux sauteed in lines like "trust a man as far as you can see him 'cause you know stiff stuff don't have no conscience"
In tests to measure wringing force - the direct force required to break the bond - Mitutoyo found it took only 2.