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to ring someone's neck

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  1. comsci

    comsci Senior Member

    Taiwan, Vancouver(B.C.) and the Rockies
    Mandarin, Taiwan(Yankees 40 Wang)
    Greetings,

    I'm not too sure about the usage of the expression "to ring someone's neck." Could anybody give me some hints? Comments are welcome.
     
  2. elroy

    elroy Motley mod

    Urbana-Champaign, IL
    Am. English, Pal. Arabic (See profile)
    It's "to wring someone's neck."

    WR definition of "wring"

    This expression is usually used as an exaggerated threat: "If you don't listen to me, I'll wring your neck!"
     
  3. comsci

    comsci Senior Member

    Taiwan, Vancouver(B.C.) and the Rockies
    Mandarin, Taiwan(Yankees 40 Wang)
    That sure helps elroy, no wonder I couldn't get it in the first place. Thanks a lot for your prompt help. :)
     
  4. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    EEUU-inglés
    Hi Comsci,
    I haven't checked the etymology, but I think it's from the way chickens used to be slaughtered.

    cluck, cluck, cluck.
     
  5. comsci

    comsci Senior Member

    Taiwan, Vancouver(B.C.) and the Rockies
    Mandarin, Taiwan(Yankees 40 Wang)
    And turkeys too? :) Follow-up questions. I'd imagine the verb "to wring" as to "snap" or "strangle" someone by the neck. Am I correct on this? Explanations are much appreciated.

    I also sourced some examples of the use of the verb "wring":

    She wrung the wet towel out.

    I wrung water from my wet bathing suit.

    I'll wring your neck if you don't behave.

    This is a tale that wrings the heart.

    Her sufferings wrung my heart.
     
  6. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
    Turkeys, too, yes. To wring is to twist tightly. This squeezes the water out of a towel - or the life out of a bird.
     
  7. comsci

    comsci Senior Member

    Taiwan, Vancouver(B.C.) and the Rockies
    Mandarin, Taiwan(Yankees 40 Wang)
    Thanks Kelly B. Now I've got a better picture of it. :)
     

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