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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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And as scientists develop sensors for other fruits, the days of mango mangling and peach-pinching may soon be over.
I was developing Ethernet packet mangling and filtering software several years ago when emulator vendor Ikos Systems approached me to create a speed bridge," said Bob Zeidman, the inventor of Molasses and president of Zeidman Technologies.
Contract notice: Comprehensive systematic provision of services in washing, disinfection, sterilization, mangling, ironing and repairing hospital laundry and transportation to and from the employer.
A comprehensive systematic provision of washing, disinfection, sterilization, mangling, ironing and repairing hospital laundry and transportation to and from the Employer.
Student Ryan Fleming, 16, who was having a science lesson, said: "I saw the wires of a crane mangling then the red crane started bending and collided with the green one.
Its ground radar system has broken down repeatedly and its automated baggage system was blamed for two of the airport's four delayed openings after it began mangling and ejecting bags during tests.