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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When we cried, and made it up, and were so blest again, that the back kitchen, mangle and all, changed to Love's own temple, where we arranged a plan of correspondence through Miss Mills, always to comprehend at least one letter on each side every day!
Always run the mangle Wednesday nights - collars an' cuffs.
We got to run the mangle to-night, but Thursday we'll knock off at six.
Running the collars and cuffs through the mangle was also Joe's idea.
And I, the long time intimate of John Barleycorn, knew just what he promised me--maggots of fancy, dreams of power, forgetfulness, anything and everything save whirling washers, revolving mangles, humming centrifugal wringers, and fancy starch and interminable processions of duck trousers moving in steam under my flying iron.
Then Sloppy seeming to be seized with an industrious mania or fury, turned to at the mangle, and impelled it at the heads of the innocents with such a creaking and rumbling, that Mrs Higden stopped him.
Mrs Betty Higden was herself in a moment, and brought them all to order with that speed, that Sloppy, stopping short in a polysyllabic bellow, transferred his energy to the mangle, and had taken several penitential turns before he could be stopped.
Contract notice: Mangle equipment for small items to the institution skogomes laundry.
Education officer Liz Hayward helped five-year-old Hannah Downey to wash clothes and squeeze excess water from them, using a mangle.