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be put through the mangle

To be subjected to some ordeal, difficulty, trial, or punishment; to undergo an unpleasant experience. Between my mother's bout with cancer, Jenny losing her job, and the bank threatening to foreclose on the house, our family has really been put through the mangle this year. Jake wasn't a great fit for the military, and he was constantly being put through the mangle for disobedience.
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put (someone) through the mangle

To subject someone to some ordeal, difficulty, trial, or punishment; to force someone to undergo an unpleasant experience. My mother's recent bout with cancer has really put us through the mangle this year. I don't think Jake is a great fit for the military. His superiors are constantly putting him through the mangle for his disobedience.
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Three local men, all in their 20s, were discovered in the mangled wreckage of the car and were pronounced dead at the scene.
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Unfortunately, Ricky dies in a horrible accident, mangled by a red pickup truck on his way home from their latest date.
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He had a concussion from a brick thrown at him during the melee between Chinese protesters and soldiers, and he'd borrowed the film in his camera, and his f-stop setting was wrong for the film he was using, and he was exhausted and horrified by two days of murder and mayhem in the world's largest public square, where students protesting China's junta were being mangled and trampled by the army.
Fischer and others were able to lift the mangled vehicle high enough to allow the baby to be freed.