through the wringer

through the wringer

Through some ordeal, difficulty, trial, or punishment; through 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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It's another hammer blow to hundreds of staff who have already been put through the wringer.
Sick people are being put through the wringer by a Government which knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
F2 Logistics went through the wringer before booting out Generika-Ayala, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 15-5, Tuesday night to book the first finals slot in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Stephen Amell's vigilante hero is put through the wringer as both friend and foe test his morals and loyalty to extreme levels.
Then some things were rung by hand and some went through the wringer. If I was on hand I had to wind the wringer.
TO SAY Wheatus, the band behind smash hit Teenage Dirtbag, have been through the wringer in the last decade is an understatement.
I WATCHED in disbelief as hypocritical Peter Mandelson put Lord Ashcroft through the wringer over his donations to the Tories.
Watching poor Anthony alone, put through the wringer week after week by a pack of judges who seemed almost annoyed by the fact he was doing his best, is enough to melt a heart of stone.
A dad who has put his girlfriend "through the wringer" was jailed at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.
After candidates pass through the wringer, are their blemishes and strengths more cogently revealed for a better hiring decision?
"I was just put through the wringer," Lucero, 36, says.
As one sock is drawn through the wringer (cuff first), I join the next sock to the toes(*).
And even the superficially comic ones are undergirded by melancholy, as the author puts one contemporary Job after another through the wringer. "Upon him," he writes of one character, "suffering was largely wasted.
4 Meralco are also expected to go through the wringer.
Her husband Henry said: "She has been through the wringer over the last few months."