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wring (one's) hands

To display one's worries about something but not act to address it. We must not just wring our hands about this famine. We must act to help those who are starving.
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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.
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wring out

1. To squeeze or twist wet material in an attempt to dry it or remove excess liquid. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wring" and "out." The washing machine isn't draining properly, so be sure to wring everything out before you hang it up. I'll have to wring out my hair after that rain storm!
2. To remove excess liquid from wet material in an attempt by twisting or squeezing it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wring" and "out." Be sure to wring the excess water out of that blanket before you hang it on the clothesline. She wrung the oil out of the cloth into a bucket before trying to wipe some more up off the floor.
3. To apply pressure or force to convince or compel someone to give one what one wants. A noun or pronoun is used between "wring" and "out." The guy's easily intimidated, so just threaten him for a while and you'll be able to wring some answers out of him. They've been using blackmail to wring money out of me for years.
See also: out, wring

wring something out

to squeeze or twist something dry of liquid. He wrung the rag out and wiped up more of the spilled milk. Liz wrung out the rag and wiped up more of the spilled milk.
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wring out

v.
1. To twist, squeeze, or compress something, especially so as to extract liquid: I wrung out the wet towel. Wring the clothes out before you hang them on the line.
2. To extract some liquid by twisting or compressing something: Wring out the suds from the dishcloth when you're done washing the dishes. She twisted her hair to wring the rain out of it.
3. To obtain or extract some information by applying force or pressure to someone; extort something from someone: We can wring out the story from him if we question him long enough. The prosecutor wrung the truth out of the reluctant witness.
See also: out, wring
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4 : to affect as if by wringing <The bad news wrung our hearts.
Agnes de Mille's 1928 solo Debut at the Opera, a trifle reconstructed by Janet Eilber and set to Delibes's music, was wrung for comedy by veteran Trock Ida Nevasayneva (Paul Ghiselin) in a Degasesque saffron tutu.
WELL, now we know what the Queen did with that bird whose neck she wrung yesterday.
The onlooker said: "It was obviously not the first time she had wrung the neck of a pheasant.
It's always there - a half-millionth part of every block - every time it's used, even when a block is measured alone, wrung against an optical flat.
Freed from keeping rhythm in a band with an overachieving rhythm section, he unleashed scorching riffs and wrung beautiful, pained melody from his blood-red Stratocaster.
Kopf, partnered here by Chittenden and Thompson, wrung every slinky nuance from this beguiling combination; she has never looked better.
Never in a blue moon could Mike Myers have wrung a laugh out of a pet counselor advising the distraught owner of a seal who refuses to juggle.
The same hypocrites who closed Mission Canyon and other landfills wrung their hands in agony Tuesday over how diesel garbage trucks poison the air they and their constituents breathe.
Realtor Nancy Starczyk, president of the Santa Clarita unit, said the maximum number of sales may have been wrung out of the market.
But as Barkley wrung his hands and others hailed the progress, perhaps Lakers coach Del Harris had the best perspective on the news.