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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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In sum, mangling practice shifted my perspective of interest, knowledge, and strategic processing.
Told about the Catholic's statement that the transfer would be a 'disrespectful mangling of history,' Zubiri said: 'Well, if they don't agree then so be it.'
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.
Juan Luis Vives's Somnium Vivis, a brief preface to his commentary on Macrobius's Somnium Scipionis, is an early example of this satirical dream narrative, and in the later part of the century the most influential proponent of the form would be Justus Lipsius, whose Somnium pillories academic pedantry in the editing (or mangling) of classical texts.
'Nothing could be clearer than what their Speaker announced: No congressman will have zero budget for his/her district, meaning, they will make insertions here and there, thus mangling the NEP.
Open Procedure: The Contract Is: Task I - Laundry And Mangling Of Bedding And Towels As Well As Cleaning Quilts, Pillows, Blankets, Coverlets Including Transport To And From The Street.
Contract notice: Comprehensive systematic provision of services in washing, disinfection, sterilization, mangling, ironing and repairing hospital laundry and transportation to and from the employer.