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mangle

verb uk   /ˈmæŋ.ɡl̩/ us  
[T often passive] to destroy something by twisting it with force or tearing it into pieces so that its original form is completely changed: My sweater got mangled in the washing machine. His arm was mangled in the machine. [T] If you mangle a speech or a piece of written work, you make so many mistakes that you completely spoil it: As he read the poem out loud, he mangled the rhythm so badly that it hardly made any sense.
mangled
adjective uk   /-ɡl̩d/ us  
All that remains of yesterday's car crash is a pile of mangled metal.

mangle

noun [C] uk   /ˈmæŋ.ɡl̩/ ( also wringer) us  
a machine used for pressing water out of clothes by putting the clothes between two heavy, smooth, round bars
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