Readers put through the wringer

Readers of yahoo.com have been put through the wringer trying to decipher this expression:

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A wringer is the part of an old-timey washing machine that squeezed the water out of laundry:

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It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to visualize being put through a wringer. I have no idea what the writer thought “through the ringer” could possibly mean.

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