mangle

When you mangle something, you completely destroy it, by ripping, cutting, crushing, or otherwise mauling it into pieces.

You shouldn't leave your new puppy alone in a room with your favorite shoes because he might mangle them with his sharp puppy teeth. A bad accident will mangle your bicycle, bending it beyond repair, and a paper shredder mangles a document by slicing it up. You can also use the word mangle to describe what happens when your uncle's terrible bluegrass band performs a cover of your favorite classic rock song — they mangle it.

Primary Meanings of mangle

1.
v
destroy or injure severely
2.
nv
clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers
press with a mangle
Full Definitions of mangle
1

v destroy or injure severely

Synonyms:
cut up, mutilate
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon

v injure badly by beating

Synonyms:
maul
Type of:
blemish, deface, disfigure
mar or spoil the appearance of

v alter so as to make unrecognizable

Synonyms:
murder, mutilate
Type of:
distort, falsify, garble, warp
make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
2

n clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers

Type of:
clothes drier, clothes dryer
a dryer that dries clothes wet from washing

v press with a mangle

mangle the sheets”
Type of:
iron, iron out, press
press and smooth with a heated iron

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