“Trucks” and “The mangler” are Arthur C. Clarke specials: machines on the rampage.
I was not a "mangler," but I went in and asked to see the boss.
Mrs. Tramore had got rid of Mr. mangler, and Bertram Jay was in other quarters.
Mr. mangler did nothing but say how charming he thought his hostess of the Sunday, and what a tremendously jolly visit he had had.
Mr. mangler sat down; he alluded with artless resentment to the way, in July, the door of his friends had been closed to him.
She had to reflect that one does what one can and that Mr. mangler probably thought he was delicate.
"to mutilate," c.1400, from Anglo-French mangler, frequentative of Old French mangoner "cut to pieces," of uncertain origin, perhaps connected with Old French mahaignier "to maim, mutilate, wound" (see maim). Meaning "to mispronounce (words), garble" is from 1530s. Related: Mangled; mangling.
clothes-pressing machine, 1774, from Dutch mangel, apparently short for mangelstok, from stem of mangelen to mangle, from Middle Dutch mange, ultimately from root of mangonel.