1. A large industrial ironing machine that dry presses and folds flatwork or a small laundry wringer for domestic use.
2. To become horribly twisted and crushed or dismembered.
The word mangle was coined in the early 20th century after many of the first industrial ironers had crushed and dismembered those who got to close to the feeder end or chain drives of the machines.
"Ted lost part of an arm when he foolishly reached beyond the safety bar of the mangle to adjust a wrinkle in a bed sheet."
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