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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.
See also: mangle, put
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The title this time will be Life In The Sin Bin, Mangler Two.
He is nicknamed The Mangler because he is, well, rock-hard tough and all-too-ready to prove it.
Can you spot which quote belongs to Eric Cantona and which to that other great thinker and mangler of words Russell Brand?
Two conclusions: Queen must be the most misinterpreted band ever - "Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard" and "Mama, I just killed a bear" - and women are the nation's most chronic word manglers.
THOSE serial manglers of the English language, Gordon McQueen and Charlie Nicholas, have been at it again.
And honestly, you couldn't make these up: Monty Python's Flying Circus in Japan The Gay Boys Dragon Club Blackadder in Spain TheBlack Snake Ready Steady Cook in Sweden Duelling Cooks Ready Steady Cook in Denmark Cook Running Amok EastEnders in Holland The Old North Wallace andGromit in HongKong The Super Invincible Prized Dog Keeping Up Appearances in Norway High on a Pear But the champion programme manglers are our friends in Germany.
Further investigations of the dissemination of early-nineteenth-century music editions should consider the role of publishers as menders and Musikern as well as manglers.
Taking the drops for his bros in the 303, Lil' Angel is but one of the mile-high manglers to make the jump to the big leagues, 180 style
Alan's offence was merely to observe that he wouldn't pay to see Sam Allardyce's manglers.
Sorters dealt with filth and possible infection; washers worked in hot, wet conditions which fostered pulmonary diseases, and manglers and ironers were exposed to accidents: bums and damaged limbs.
Fortunately, there are some countervalents to this manifestation of monarchy by managers turned manglers.
Through succeeding elimination rounds, masters of the cliche, manglers of syntax, virtuosos of plagiarism, and, above all, those who persist in misreporting Russia as a land advancing into the sun-kissed territory of "reform," were awarded by the judges for their superior awfulness with advancement to the final bouts.
You'll notice that these media manglers of the language never invite you to become the owner of, or the master of, some cat or dog; they always insist on asking you to adopt the animal.
This latest assortment of "Misadventures in English Abroad" is as amusing as it's predecessor, unashamedly exposing language manglers including the hotel in China that offers "uncomplimentary pants" and the seaside area in Spain that advertises its "beach of irregular bottoms".