wring (one's) neck

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wring (one's) neck

To strangle someone. The phrase is used as a threat, but never refers to actually strangling someone. I'll wring your neck the next time you talk to me like that, you hear me? That's the second time this week he's eaten my lunch. I ought to wring his neck!
See also: neck, wring

wring someone's neck

INFORMAL
If you say that you would like to wring someone's neck you mean that you are very angry with them. I'll wring his neck if I catch him! I could wring her neck the way I'm feeling at the moment. Note: To wring something means to twist it and squeeze it.
See also: neck, wring

ˌwring somebody’s ˈneck

(spoken, informal) used as an expression of anger or as a threat: If I find the person who did this, I’ll wring his neck!
If you wring a bird’s neck, you twist it in order to kill the bird.
See also: neck, wring
References in classic literature ?
If by any good luck you lay your hand on a certain man named Mordaunt, tell Porthos to take him into a corner and to wring his neck.
Part of me wanted to wring his neck, while screaming "Don't tell me everything will be ok
He added: "I could wring his neck, what I think of him.
Not before Dick tries to wring his neck during it though.
She admits: "I'd really like to wring his neck, although I can see the funny side now.
Billy wouldn't want to see his wife's rapist, either - unless he could wring his neck.
When Reed Harris, a state department official being badgered by McCarthy responded that he resented the senator's attempt to publicly wring his neck, the brutal image stuck in the popular mind.
FEUDING BOSSES COME FACE TO FACE Sergio fury over Shiels' Vlad taunt FURIOUS Hearts boss Paulo Sergio last night branded Kenny Shiels a "clown" and threatened to wring his neck before today's clash at Kilmarnock.
His comments today might make Alex wring his neck instead
I am torn between worrying myself sick over my son and wanting to wring his neck.
Tosh was sent off and Mick was also red carded for trying to wring his neck over it.
but now Britney Spears would rather wring his neck.