mangle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “mangle” in the English Dictionary

"mangle" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈmæŋ.ɡl̩/
[T often passive] to ​destroy something by ​twisting it with ​force or ​tearing it into ​pieces so that ​itsoriginalform is ​completelychanged: My ​sweater got mangled in the ​washingmachine. 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 ​completelyspoil it: As he ​read the ​poem out ​loud, he mangled the ​rhythm so ​badly that it ​hardly made any ​sense.
adjective uk   us   /-ɡl̩d/
All that ​remains of yesterday's ​carcrash is a ​pile of mangled ​metal.

manglenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmæŋ.ɡl̩/ (also wringer)
a ​machine used for ​pressingwater out of ​clothes by putting the ​clothes between two ​heavy, ​smooth, round ​bars
(Definition of mangle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mangleverb [T]

 us   /ˈmæŋ·ɡəl/
to ​destroy something by ​twisting it with ​force or ​tearing it so that ​itsoriginalform is ​changed: His ​car was mangled when it ​slammedhead-on into a ​semitrailertruck. fig. The ​text was so mangled in ​translation that it was ​impossible to be ​sure of the ​meaning.
(Definition of mangle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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