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mangle 1

Syllabification: man·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈmaNGɡəl/

verb

[with object]
Severely mutilate, disfigure, or damage by cutting, tearing, or crushing: the car was mangled almost beyond recognition figurative he was mangling Bach on the piano
More 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.
Synonyms
mutilate, maim, disfigure, damage, injure, crush;
hack, cut up, lacerate, tear apart, butcher, maul
spoil, ruin, mar, mutilate, make a mess of, wreck
informal murder, make a hash of, butcher

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, apparently a frequentative of mahaignier 'maim'.

Derivatives

mangler

1
Pronunciation: /ˈmaNGɡ(ə)lər/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with mangle

angle, bangle, bespangle, dangle, entangle, fandangle, jangle, mangel, spangle, strangle, tangle, wangle, wide-angle, wrangle

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mangle 2 Syllabification: man·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈmaNGɡəl/

noun

1A large machine for ironing sheets or other fabrics, usually when they are damp, using heated rollers.
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.
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.

verb

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Press or squeeze with a mangle.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Dutch mangel, from mangelen 'to mangle', from medieval Latin mango, manga, from Greek manganon 'axis, engine'.

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