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wring (something) from
1. To remove excess liquid from wet material in an attempt by twisting or squeezing it. Be sure to wring the excess water from that blanket before you hang it on the clothesline. She wrung the oil from the cloth into a bucket before trying to wipe some more up off the floor.
2. To apply pressure or force to convince or compel someone to give one what one wants. The guy's easily intimidated, so just threaten him for a while and you'll be able to wring some answers from him. They've been using blackmail to wring money from me for years.
wring something from somethingand 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.
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.