Main definitions of mangle in English

: mangle1mangle2

mangle1

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’
    • ‘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.’
    mutilate, maim, disfigure, damage, injure, crush, crumple
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, perhaps a frequentative of mahaignier ‘maim’.

Pronunciation

mangle

/ˈmaNGɡəl//ˈmæŋɡəl/

Main definitions of mangle in English

: mangle1mangle2

mangle2

noun

US
  • 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. 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.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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 of war’.

Pronunciation

mangle

/ˈmæŋɡəl//ˈmaNGɡəl/