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Wring (impf. and partic. wrung) 1) to press, to squeeze: “you hurt my hand with --ing,” Ven. 421. Merch. II, 8, 49. Oth. III, 3, 421. “he --s her nose,” Ven. 475. H6B III, 2, 34. “wrung in the withers,” H4A II, 1, 7 (injured by pressing. cf. Unwrung). cf. “wrung with wrongs more than our backs can bear,” Tit. IV, 3, 48.
2) to press by turning and straining, as clothes in washing: I wash, w., brew etc. Wiv. I, 4, 101 (O. Edd. ring). to w. one's hands, a gesture of distress: Gent. II, 3, 8. III, 1, 227. H6B I, 1, 226. R3 II, 2, 3 (Qq w. your hands, Ff weep so oft). Rom. III, 2, 36. Hml. III, 4, 34.
3) to press on, to ply hard: “dangers, doubts, --ing of the conscience,” H8 II, 2, 28. “let me w. your heart,” Hml. III, 4, 35. With to, == to force to: “it is a hint that --s mine eyes to't,” Tp. I, 2, 135.
4) With from, == to take with violence, to extort, to force from: “must either punish me . . . or w. redress from you,” Meas. V, 32. “your over-kindness doth w. tears from me,” Ado V, 1, 302. “to w. the widow from her customed right,” H6B V, 1, 188 (== to w. the right from the widow; cf. Appendix). “w. the sceptre from his fist,” H6C II, 1, 154. “thy sceptre wrung from thee,” III, 1, 16. “which God defend that I should w. from him,” R3 III, 7, 173. “to w. from the hard hands of peasants their vile trash,” Caes. IV, 3, 73. “he hath wrung from me my slow leave,” Hml. I, 2, 58. “w. his sword from him,” Oth. V, 2, 288 (Ff wrench).
5) intr. to writhe in pain, to suffer in a high degree: “those that w. under the load of sorrow,” Ado V, 1, 28. “whose sense no more can feel than his own --ing,” H5 IV, 1, 253. “he --s at some distress,” Cymb. III, 6, 79.
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