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.
References in classic literature ?
The last thing I do as maid of all work is to lug upstairs the clothes-basket which has just arrived with the mangling.
At last he fell, toppling backward, exhausted; and the bull-dog promptly shifted his grip, getting in closer, mangling more and more of the fur-folded flesh, throttling White Fang more severely than ever.
In my ears are the cries of the stricken; and I can see, as I have seen in the past,* all the marring and mangling of the sweet, beautiful flesh, and the souls torn with violence from proud bodies and hurled to God.