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Put through the wringer


Surviving a strenuous situation. Living through a difficult situation. ‘Wringer’ refers to an old fashioned washing machine that had two rollers to pass clothes through to wring-out the water, so this idiomatic phrase proclaims being tightly rolled with intense pressure. (Compare to Through the mill.)

“In his divorce, he lost his wife, child and house, it really put him through the wringer last year.”

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