Is there a word or words for the concept of squeezing a sponge full of water to get the water out? Or more generally squeezing any absorbing material out of its liquid?
The connotation I'm looking for is a word that could be used figuratively for that concept as well. For example, emptying our heart from emotions by crying a lot.
For example: It is good to * ones heart from times to times. This is just an example of how that word would be used.