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 ?
Omittance is no acquittance," growled the jailer, "and I shall certainly wring their necks before twenty-four hours are over: you may be sure of that.
To right and left he swung crushing blows to the faces of his human antagonists--to the dogs he paid not the slightest attention other than to seize the more persistent and wring their necks with a single quick movement of the wrist.
Alfie and Emily THE SECRET LIFE OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS Channel 4, 8pm IS your sibling your best mate or do you want to wring their neck half the time?
When you've had a defeat and someone says `What doesn't hurt you doesn't kill you', you want to wring their neck.
Despite war service, he was too squeamish to wring their necks and got a neighbour to do the job.
They would sell them by auction there," said Jean: "At Christmas they would wring their necks and you could take them home on the bus.
They're young kids and I want to wring their necks sometimes.
But let's stop the charade of testimonials once and for all before players bite the hand that feeds them so savagely it comes back to wring their necks
Children can bring great joy," it said, "if you don't wring their necks first.
Just because we're good pals with someone doesn't mean they don't sometimes drive us up the wall or we don't occasionally want to wring their necks out of exasperation or sheer fury.
I'm absolutely devastated and if I could get hold of the culprits I'd wring their necks.
On the roofthere were pigeon traps andcity council men used to comeround and wring their necks when they were caught.
They run riot and you just want to wring their necks.