mangle

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mangle

a machine for pressing or drying wet textiles, clothes, etc., consisting of two heavy rollers between which the cloth is passed

mangle

Used similarly to mung or scribble, but more violent in its connotations; something that is mangled has been irreversibly and totally trashed.
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This 2008 volume is a collection of essays written by twelve scholars who find Pickering's theory of mangling to be applicable in their areas of study (primarily sociology, technology, economics, and neurosciences).
STEVE McCLAREN, not content with mangling the English team, is mangling the English language, too.
What makes Carmi's portraits distinctive is that he seems to do so without mangling his subject's features, however much they are reduced to quasi-sameness.