man·gle 1 (mănggəl)
tr.v. man·gled, man·gling, man·gles
1. To mutilate or disfigure by battering, hacking, cutting, or tearing: fishing nets that mangle fish.
2. To ruin or spoil through ineptitude or ignorance: mangle a speech.
[Middle English manglen, from Anglo-Norman mangler, frequentative of Old French mangoner, to cut to bits; possibly akin to mahaignier, to maim; see MAYHEM.]
Synonyms: mangle, maim1, maul, mutilate
These verbs mean to cause severe injury or damage: machinery that mangled the worker's fingers; a construction worker maimed in an accident; a hiker mauled by a hungry bear; soldiers mutilated by shrapnel.
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