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man·gle1 / ˈmanggəl/ • v. [tr.] severely mutilate, disfigure, or damage by cutting, tearing, or crushing: the car was mangled almost beyond recognition | fig. he was mangling Bach on the piano. DERIVATIVES: man·gler·gle2 • n. a large machine for ironing sheets or other fabrics, usually when they are damp, using heated rollers. ∎ chiefly Brit. a machine having two or more cylinders turned by a handle, between which wet laundry is squeezed (to remove excess moisture) and pressed.• v. [tr.] press or squeeze with a mangle.