There are 2 definitions of mangle in English:

mangle1

Line breaks: man¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋg(ə)l
 
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verb

[with object]

Derivatives

mangler

noun
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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.

Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of mangle in English:

mangle2

Line breaks: man¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋg(ə)l
 
/

noun

  • A machine having two or more rollers turned by a handle, between which wet laundry is squeezed to remove excess moisture.
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    • ‘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: the hard household labour often involved pounding clothes in a dolly tub and mangling them with a hand wringer

Origin

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

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