wring / ring/ • v. (past wrung / rəng/ ) [tr.] squeeze and twist (something) to force liquid from it: she wrung the cloth out in the sink. ∎ [tr.] extract (liquid) by squeezing and twisting something: I wrung out the excess water. ∎ break (an animal's neck) by twisting it forcibly. ∎ squeeze (someone's hand) tightly, esp. with sincere emotion. ∎ [tr.] obtain (something) with difficulty or effort: few concessions were wrung from the government. ∎ cause pain or distress to: the letter must have wrung her heart.• n. [in sing.] an act of squeezing or twisting something.PHRASES: wring one's hands clasp and twist one's hands together as a gesture of great distress, esp. when one is powerless to change the situation.