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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!

  (informal)
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

v.
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

v.
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.
See also: out, wring
References in classic literature ?
replied Kit, 'and here he is--Miss Nelly's bird, mother, that they was agoin' to wring the neck of
The president (Beau Bridges) wrings his hands ineffectually.
But to remark on the neatness of the strategy is to shortchange the emotional impact he wrings from it.
The Queen bends over a pheasant that had been shot and injured on her 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate in the name of sport - and wrings its neck.
Freedman is a masterful reporter and storyteller, and he wrings drama out of a mosaic of disputes across America.
While the people rage at repeated acts of arrogance by federal judges, our president shrugs, and Congress wrings its hands," Buchanan wrote.
The piece starts strongly enough to give one hope, and there's one truly funny duet about a third of the way through that wrings every movement possibility from the idea of exhaustion-induced flaccidity, but then Parsons's imagination gives out.
The goal is not simply health-care reform but health-care reform that wrings the waste out of the system and uses the savings to assure every individual American of basic health care.
Based on an Albanian novel but set in the harsh, arid Brazilian interior around 1910, ``Behind the Sun'' wrings fresh, aesthetic resonance out of such overworked themes as family feuds, precocious kids and the liberating possibilities of traveling carnivals.