ringer vs wringer :

ringer or wringer

Old-fashioned washing machines lacked a spin cycle. Instead, you fed each piece of wet clothing between two rotating cylinders which would wring the excess water out of the cloth. This led to the metaphorical saying according to which someone put through an ordeal is said to have been put “through the wringer.”Few people remember those old wringer washers, and many of them now mistakenly suppose the spelling of the expression should be “through the ringer.” This error has been reinforced by the title of a popular album by the band Catch 22: Washed Up and Through the Ringer.

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Definitions

  • n  a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)
  • n  a person who is almost identical to another
  • n  a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
  • n  (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg

  • n  a clothes dryer consisting of two rollers between which the wet clothes are squeezed
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    June 7, 2013 - Deadspin
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    June 7, 2013 - Deadspin