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Definition of mangle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mangle
    he / she / it mangles
    past simple mangled
    -ing form mangling
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  1. 1mangle something to crush or twist something so that it is badly damaged His hand was mangled in the machine.
  2. 2mangle something to spoil something, for example a poem or a piece of music, by saying it wrongly or playing it badly synonym ruin
    adjective mangled bodies/remains
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mangle

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