to injure severely, disfigure, or mutilate by cutting, slashing, or crushing: The coat sleeve was mangled in the gears of the machine.
to spoil or ruin; mar badly: The story was mangled by a clumsy translation.
- mangler, noun
Other definitions for mangle (2 of 2)
a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
to smooth or press with a mangle.
Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.
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How to use mangle in a sentence
Despite some very talented speechwriters, George W. Bush was a devoted mangler of the language, something of a family tradition.From ‘Potatoe’ to ‘Amercia’: Politicos Preserve Disorder | Ben Jacobs | May 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Trucks” and “The Mangler” are Arthur C. Clarke specials: machines on the rampage.
Guy Mangler had only three minutes to reëstablish an interrupted acquaintance with our young lady.
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.
The picture-mangler is explained by a marginal note to be, "the rascal, that cut the Duke of York's picture."The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) | John Dryden
She had to reflect that one does what one can and that Mr. Mangler probably thought he was delicate.
British Dictionary definitions for mangle (1 of 2)
to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
to ruin, spoil, or mar
- mangler, noun
- mangled, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for mangle (2 of 2)
Also called: wringer a machine for pressing or drying wet textiles, clothes, etc, consisting of two heavy rollers between which the cloth is passed
to press or dry in a mangle
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