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  • adj. That has not been wrung.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not pinched; not galled.


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un- +‎ wrung


  • MOOS: But they ` re still together, his neck unwrung.

    CNN Transcript Oct 3, 2006

  • At this remark, our uncle changed colour, and looked round the company, conscious that his own withers were not altogether unwrung.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • But when the irresistible arguments of the post-boy have prevailed upon them to proceed a mile or two, they will become callous to the first sensation; and being warm in the harness, as the said post-boy may term it, proceed as if their withers were altogether unwrung.


  • “You should never let those troubles touch you so closely,” said his lordship, whose own withers at this moment were by no means unwrung.

    The American Senator

  • His hair an unwrung mop drizzling icy rivers into his ears and eyes, wet clothes plastered to his freezing body, Jason rose and took inventory: The bottle was fine.

    The Deed

  • He unwrung, as if hearing me demand that secret four per cent discount on commission which they allow antique dealers, as a bribe.

    The Great California Game

  • A virgin by nature and aptitude, as well as by years, untroubled by the bodily agonies that tore most men, but miraculously aware of them and tender towards them, as few are to pains that leave their own flesh unwrung.

    An Excellent Mystery

  • The immediate author of so much mischief, it is true, is the diminutive vampire which is now making its escape with cold-blooded indifference through a very considerable fracture in one of the panes; but surely the person who saved from destruction, and may thus be considered to have given existence to the cause of all this loss of temper and of property, cannot conscientiously affirm that _his_ withers are unwrung!

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 346, December 13, 1828

  • Viewed at the close of an irksome day, Mrs. Hilliard's society had attractions which his hypercritical mind of the morning hours slighted; and while her message in itself left his withers unwrung, he concluded that it was perhaps as well to break gently with

    The Henchman

  • At intervals Mr Bellamy coughs extensively and loudly, just to show his dignity and independence, and to assure the company that _his_ conscience is very tranquil on the occasion -- that his firm "withers are unwrung;" and Mr Brammel struggles like an ill-taught bullfinch, to produce a whistle, and fails in the attempt.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 339, January, 1844


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  • "'You must not talk about Nelson with two French officers in company,' cried Horse-Flesh. 'It ain't civil.'

    "'Oh, never mind us, sir,' replied Jean-Pierre with a laugh. 'Our withers are unwrung. We have Duguay-Trouin, to name but one.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 205

    March 7, 2008