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    #1

    wet clothes

    Dear teachers or natives

    after I wash clothes I want to get rid of all the water ...to make it as dry as possible before hanging it out...is the activity called squeezing???? Or is there any other better verb used in real life??
    Thanks a lot. KP

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    Re: wet clothes

    I am not a teacher nor a native, but I think I have the proper word. I would say "wringing".

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    #3

    Re: wet clothes

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    I am not a teacher nor a native, but I think I have the proper word. I would say "wringing".
    In the UK, we certainly "wring out" wet clothes.

    We also use this as an expression meaning exhausted!

    "After that argument with my mother, I felt totally wrung out."

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    #4

    Re: wet clothes

    Buggles, thank you VERY much!
    KP

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    #5

    Re: wet clothes

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    In the UK, we certainly "wring out" wet clothes.
    In Oz, we have washing machines, which usually end with a spin cycle. But that's progress!

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    #6

    Re: wet clothes

    But you do sometimes send your children to summer camps where they have to wash their things themselves and wring them out, so they wear dirty clothes all the time instead, don't you?

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    #7

    Re: wet clothes

    LOL - I think my children would probably prefer to wear dirty clothes than go through the effort of washing them or wringing them out, but they do hate to put on wet bathing suits, so they do try to wring those out as much as possible!

    (In other words, I agree with the use of "wringing.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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