It was such poor quality that even Spencer admits you could only hear “every fifth world” and that it was all “garbled.”
Ninety-Sixth Street marks the first delay of the trip, the cause of which is lost in a garbled announcement from the conductor.
When he did engage, his answers were garbled to the point of incomprehensibility.
He will at least hear a story of our grievances that hasnt been garbled.
Frank, your mother must know, and if she waits she will get a garbled account.
To fit his theory exactly this letter of Thaxter's must be garbled!
Wouldn't he find out from the major if she had garbled the sense of his dispatch?
It has always been garbled in the journals, and even in history.
The rest of his words were garbled by macaroni, but Raul understood them.
It was a garbled version of an argument I had used during a previous discussion on the propriety of second marriages.
early 15c., "to inspect and remove refuse from (spices)," from Anglo-French garbeler "to sift" (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin and Italian garbellare, from Arabic gharbala "to sift and select spices," related to kirbal "sieve," perhaps from Late Latin cribellum, diminutive of Latin cribrum "sieve" (see crisis). Apparently a widespread word among Mediterranean traders (cf. Italian garbellare, Spanish garbillo); sense of "mix up, confuse, distort language" (by selecting some things and omitting others) first recorded 1680s. Related: Garbled; garbling.