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mangle

verb     /ˈmæŋ.ɡl̩/
[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 .Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling [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 scarcely made any sense .Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing mangled     /-ɡl̩d/ adjective All that remains of yesterday's car crash is a pile of mangled metal .In bad condition
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