- Severely mutilate, disfigure, or damage by cutting, tearing, or crushing: the car was mangled almost beyond recognition • figurative he was mangling Bach on the pianoMore example sentences
- The smooth shell of the car was mangled beyond recognition.
- Two crushed and mangled pick-up trucks have been flipped on their side.
- The dais was in the form of a human whose skeleton was mangled beyond recognition.
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- Humphrys has now let his rage against the army of word manglers off the leash.
- My resolutions, therefore, are for others, and in particular for some of the many manglers of the English language.
- For each national-anthem mangler, there was only one rendition standing between glory and defeat.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, apparently a frequentative of mahaignier 'maim'.
- 1A large machine for ironing sheets or other fabrics, usually when they are damp, using heated rollers.More example sentences
- At seven in the evening they broke off to run the hotel linen through the mangle.
- The sheets were not ironed but were put through a mangle - like a large wringer - which flattened them.
- 1.1chiefly British A machine having two or more cylinders turned by a handle, between which wet laundry is squeezed (to remove excess moisture) and pressed.More example sentences
- ‘If I wasn't at school, I had to turn the handle on the mangle while mum put the sheets through,’ Peter recalls.
- She does not have a TV and her washing machine is an archaic model involving rubber hoses and a handle-operated mangle.
- The garden also contains a vintage mechanical washing machine as well as antique ploughs, mangles and bacon slicers.
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late 17th century: from Dutch mangel, from mangelen 'to mangle', from medieval Latin mango, manga, from Greek manganon 'axis, engine'.