One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
mutilate, maim, disfigure, damage, injure, crush, crumpleView synonyms
- ‘At least we can say that it is not the only group creatively mangling the language.’
- ‘I don't think she liked the way I was mangling her language.’
- ‘When I got close enough to see, the front half of the car was literally mangled.’
- ‘The smooth shell of the car was mangled beyond recognition.’
- ‘The dais was in the form of a human whose skeleton was mangled beyond recognition.’
- ‘Television footage showed a scene of massive devastation, including badly mangled cars and injured people being carried away.’
- ‘She quickly set to work, chopping vegetables into little mangled bits and depositing the mess into a huge steel pot.’
- ‘The aircraft was heavily damaged with the prop destroyed and one wing mangled.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This blast was so powerful, it left storefronts mangled, blew out car windows and sent metal and glass flying in all directions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She was mangling Whitney Houston songs like no one had ever done before.’
- ‘Two crushed and mangled pick-up trucks have been flipped on their side.’
- ‘For decades now, our pop stars have been sending us political messages that are less mixed than mangled beyond reason.’
- ‘Or, the lift wreckage would become mangled inside the tubing, preventing any further use of that tube.’
- ‘How do you get one of these things off without mangling my daughter's clothes?’
- ‘One of the top offenders, according to critics, is the former German captain, who regularly mangles his sentences.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, perhaps a frequentative of mahaignier ‘maim’.
1A 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.’
- 1.1British A machine having two or more cylinders turned by a handle, between which wet laundry is squeezed (to remove excess moisture) and pressed.
- ‘Mum used a mangle and a washboard so when the washing machine arrived it was a big moment.’
- ‘She does not have a TV and her washing machine is an archaic model involving rubber hoses and a handle-operated mangle.’
- ‘There was a shared washroom that contained mangles, and once a week Kilroy-Silk went to the local baths.’
- ‘The garden also contains a vintage mechanical washing machine as well as antique ploughs, mangles and bacon slicers.’
- ‘On washing day it was my job to wring out the washing by turning the mangle for her.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The first continuous process involved squeezing a ribbon of molten glass through two hot rollers, similar to an old mangle.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mr Gibson's mum would get up at five in the morning to do the washing in the communal washhouse complete with mangles.’
- ‘We used to have twin tubs and mangles, but we don't any more.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘If I wasn't at school, I had to turn the handle on the mangle while mum put the sheets through,’ Peter recalls.’
Press or squeeze with a mangle.
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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