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.

Definitions of mangle
  1. verb
    destroy or injure severely
    synonyms: cut up, mutilate
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    type of:
    damage
    inflict damage upon
  2. verb
    injure badly by beating
    synonyms: maul
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    type of:
    blemish, deface, disfigure
    mar or spoil the appearance of
  3. verb
    alter so as to make unrecognizable
    synonyms: murder, mutilate
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    type of:
    distort, falsify, garble, warp
    make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
  4. noun
    clothes dryer for drying and ironing laundry by passing it between two heavy heated rollers
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    type of:
    clothes drier, clothes dryer
    a dryer that dries clothes wet from washing
  5. verb
    press with a mangle
    mangle the sheets”
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    type of:
    iron, iron out, press
    press and smooth with a heated iron
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