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. I dare not say more in a letter.
Part of me wanted to wring his neck, while screaming "Don't tell me everything will be ok!
I want to wring his neck. I want to kill him." But the parents of Gallatinov, born Allen Abdulla, were pleased for their son.
He added: "I could wring his neck, what I think of him."
This time the brave youngster told police about the attacks even though Shield threatened to "wring his neck" if he spoke out, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
She admits: "I'd really like to wring his neck, although I can see the funny side now."
The wife of which former world leader admitted she wanted to "wring his neck" when she found out about his affair?
"Sometimes you wanted to wring his neck because he was so outspoken," Doerr admitted with a chuckle.
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.
"But there are times I could wring his neck. He's always talking over me and butting in."
His comments today might make Alex wring his neck instead!
She said she had wanted to "wring his neck" when she eventually discovered the truth, and the couple needed counselling following it.
Tosh was sent off and Mick was also red carded for trying to wring his neck over it.
I am torn between worrying myself sick over my son and wanting to wring his neck. I hoped he'd fight to save the marriage for his son, but he's out every night.