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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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The tales that follow almost always conclude with another spectacle of the mangled body.
While using a 12-pound sledge hammer to drive metal T-posts for a new fence, I made a mistake with the hammer and mangled my thumb between the sledge and top of the T-post.
The goalposts have been truly mangled and they really cost a lot of money.
According to reports, equipment like gas cutters are being used to rescue passengers struck in the mangled bogies.
A WORKMAN calmly called for help on his mobile phone after his legs were mangled in a grain-drying machine.
His Toyota was a mangled wreck - but incredibly he walked away with just a chipped tooth and a head cut.
Twice the electric candelabrum -- a treasured symbol for Jews -- was mangled, trampled bent out of shape and its bulbs broken.
TV footage showed the mangled train carriages, and seats and backpacks spread across the tracks.
Today the mangled wreckage of the people carrier was still on Orphan Drive, in New sham Park, and debris was strewn around the area.
One column of five yellow blobs has a cartoonish helicopter landing at its top (Untitled, 1995); elsewhere, pearly teeth loom out of the darkness (Untitled, 1991); and in a gloriously macabre example, what look at first glance like mangled tulips turn out to be animal heads atop flower stems (Untitled, 1998).
If seals are missing, torn, squashed or mangled, air escapes around the sides of the radiator.
Some vehicles were little more than mangled piles of metal.
The mangled driver's-side door of the van would not open.
Cat, Emmaline's mother, has just mangled her hand in a horrible factory accident.
Cheryl Green was born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenital that left her with undeveloped lower limbs, or "a mangled mess" as she describes it.