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1 Destroy or severely damage by tearing or crushing.‘the car was mangled almost beyond recognition’
mutilate, maim, disfigure, damage, injure, crush, crumpleView synonyms
- ‘The aircraft was heavily damaged with the prop destroyed and one wing mangled.’
- ‘Most bizarrely, he even mangles an extremely well-known line of Orwell's, his tirade about ‘every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer’ and so on.’
- ‘The smooth shell of the car was mangled beyond recognition.’
- ‘She was mangling Whitney Houston songs like no one had ever done before.’
- ‘Or, the lift wreckage would become mangled inside the tubing, preventing any further use of that tube.’
- ‘When I got close enough to see, the front half of the car was literally mangled.’
- ‘I don't think she liked the way I was mangling her language.’
- ‘Two crushed and mangled pick-up trucks have been flipped on their side.’
- ‘Television footage showed a scene of massive devastation, including badly mangled cars and injured people being carried away.’
- ‘The dais was in the form of a human whose skeleton was mangled beyond recognition.’
- ‘At least we can say that it is not the only group creatively mangling the language.’
- ‘For decades now, our pop stars have been sending us political messages that are less mixed than mangled beyond reason.’
- ‘This blast was so powerful, it left storefronts mangled, blew out car windows and sent metal and glass flying in all directions.’
- ‘Kristy had been badly bruised, had cuts all over her body, and her armour had been mangled almost beyond repair.’
- ‘Soldiers and members of the National Guard are protecting much of the scorched and mangled wreckage.’
- ‘She quickly set to work, chopping vegetables into little mangled bits and depositing the mess into a huge steel pot.’
- ‘One of the top offenders, according to critics, is the former German captain, who regularly mangles his sentences.’
- ‘How do you get one of these things off without mangling my daughter's clothes?’
- ‘Knowingly or not, these critics are mangling the facts to prove a debatable point and in the process damaging their own cause.’
- ‘He would tear his hair as they mangled the beautiful old German words.’
- 1.1Ruin or spoil (a text, piece of music, etc.)figurative ‘he was mangling Bach on the piano’
- ‘And when institutions routinely mangle language is it any wonder that individuals will too?’
- ‘It tames a director's vision, ruins his or her movie, and mangles its artist's intent.’
- ‘The tone of the site is bang on target, from the over-excited use of exclamation marks to the mangled syntax and personal trivia.’
- ‘It then goes on to mangle the line ‘will things ever be the same again?’’
- ‘The Plot deftly navigate through jazz, punk, and metal with pinpoint precision, willfully mangling their songs while still retaining a sense of structure.’
- ‘Actually, I don't think they physically cooked anything, they just stood around and watched their recipes being mangled by the in-house excuse for a chef.’
- ‘We apologise unreservedly to Henry for mangling his words.’
- ‘You get a message back saying ‘mail undeliverable’ or some suitably mangled bit of language meaning the same.’
- ‘As Joe points out, I somehow managed to totally mangle this question.’
- ‘It is easier to understand mangled grammar than new vocabulary, because people mangle grammar constantly.’
- ‘Will it be so difficult to spell or to pronounce that your child will be condemned to a lifetime of seeing and hearing people mangle his or her name and having to endlessly correct them?’
- ‘Firstly, I apologise to Ira Gershwin for mangling his lyrics to create the title of this article!’
- ‘Now I slur my words and mangle the language with the best of them, though people close to me do still tease me for my tendency towards pomposity.’
- ‘Her production, based on a rather mangled text, was taken by the audience as a farce.’
- ‘This got me thinking about how some mangled enunciation has become par for the course in pop music, and we don't really think it's weird anymore.’
- ‘But while the validity of moulding the myths from separate classical poems is questionable, he is not the first to mangle the work of Homer in the name of cinema.’
- ‘I have no problem with people mangling the language, making mistakes.’
- ‘It is a short text, probably representing a mangled version of what Marlowe wrote.’
- ‘His pieces have, however, frequently been mangled by editors.’
- ‘He fitted in study of the museum's European portrait miniatures and this would later materialise as a catalogue, handsome but somewhat mangled by the American editing.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, perhaps a frequentative of mahaignier maim.
1A machine having two or more rollers turned by a handle, between which wet laundry is squeezed to remove excess moisture.
- ‘There was a shared washroom that contained mangles, and once a week Kilroy-Silk went to the local baths.’
- ‘One has to be a certain age to remember the soggy, steamy awfulness that was the drudgery of washdays when it involved galvanised tubs, poss-sticks and mangles.’
- ‘Mr Gibson's mum would get up at five in the morning to do the washing in the communal washhouse complete with mangles.’
- ‘The first continuous process involved squeezing a ribbon of molten glass through two hot rollers, similar to an old mangle.’
- ‘And, of course, I got to remembering Monday wash days at home, clouds of steam billowing, the washboard clattering and the mangle creaking, lines of gleaming white washing hanging out to dry.’
- ‘On washing day it was my job to wring out the washing by turning the mangle for her.’
- ‘Stories of men given to hitting their women weren't unheard of in my family, but I associated them with my grandparents' generation, like chenille tablecloths or mangles or the music hall itself.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘We used to have twin tubs and mangles, but we don't any more.’
- ‘Mum used a mangle and a washboard so when the washing machine arrived it was a big moment.’
- 1.1US A large machine for ironing sheets or other fabrics, usually when they are damp, using heated rollers.
- ‘The sheets were not ironed but were put through a mangle - like a large wringer - which flattened them.’
- ‘At seven in the evening they broke off to run the hotel linen through the mangle.’
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’
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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