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through the wringer

through the wringer

Date: Oct 10 2005


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“[Playing Truman Capote] put me through the wringer.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, talking about his role as writer Truman Capote in the movie Capote.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

cause a lot of stress; give someone a hard time

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

To put someone through the wringer means to cause him/her a lot of stress and difficulty. If you are put through the wringer, you are usually mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted.
After a difficult job interview, you might say, “Ugh. They really put me through the wringer today.
After a hard class or homework assignment, you might tell your teacher, “Man, this class is really putting me through the wringer.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Jared’s wife put him through the wringer when she asked for a divorce.”

“This new job is really putting me through the wringer. It’s really difficult!”

“My dad put my boyfriend through the wringer the first time he met him, but my boyfriend survived and now they get along great.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

florrie21 To subject to a severe trial or ordeal.
by florrie21
franketon being as writer Truman Capote in the movie Capote is a difficult or unpleasant experience to him.
by franketon
it made him suffer
by veronicafk
mardones to ask someone difficult or unpleasant questions, mostly to check out if they are doing their job satisfactorily
by mardones
is make someaone have a bad time.
by jujucarol
be subject to a hard time,do one's best and what one can try.
by Even
If you are put thru the wringer, you're going thru a difficult and/or tiring situation. Like when you wring your clothes when you handwash them
by Lindsay

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