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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4 Meralco are also expected to go through the wringer.
Then some things were rung by hand and some went through the wringer.
And he has put them through the wringer as they prepare to take on a Rhinos side that can take a giant step towards sealing top spot.
TO SAY Wheatus, the band behind smash hit Teenage Dirtbag, have been through the wringer in the last decade is an understatement.
Her husband Henry said: "She has been through the wringer over the last few months.
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.
All contorted through the wringer by endless posturing and rhetoric.
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.
We put the Pillar through the wringer during the testing phase to make sure we were making the right purchasing decision.
The QPR boss may have more than 30 years' experience in the dugout but the thought of Saturday's showdown against Derby is putting him through the wringer.
AS A Blues supporter of over 40 years standing, I was not at all surprised to hear on the radio commentary that my team were getting put through the wringer by Plymouth.