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.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, apparently a frequentative of mahaignier 'maim'.
- 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.
1A large machine for ironing sheets or other fabrics, usually when they are damp, using heated rollers.
- 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.
- ‘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.