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fold, spindle, or mutilate

To damage or alter something. The phrase was typically printed as an instruction on items that were to be read by a machine, such as punch cards. When I quit this job, I fully intend to fold, spindle, or mutilate my punch card!

fold, spindle, or mutilate

to harm or disfigure. Referring to a once-standard line printed on machine-readable documents, such as computer punch cards. (Such a document, if folded, placed on a bill spike, or otherwise punctured, would no longer be machine-readable.) At the bottom of the bill, it said "do not fold, spindle, or mutilate," and Jane, in her anger, did all three. Look here, chum, if you don't want to get folded, spindled, or mutilated, you had better do what you are told!
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The majority (94.6%) of the respondents were of medium and high income (Table 3).Taping the opinion of the respondents on why Sudanese people still genitally mutilate their daughters, the answers were about the same ones gathered from previous quantitative surveys and researches.
* Gay activist Jim Fouratt fires off a series of tormented E-rants imploring recipients not to "help those gender-variant gay men and women who are under siege to save their pennies to mutilate their bodies to gain [heterosexual] acceptance." New York's Heritage of Pride nonetheless invites him to keynote their Pride Rally.
Prosecutor Hywel Hughes said, 'Having left him unconscious in his kitchen he returned to mutilate the body.
People who cut, burn, or otherwise mutilate themselves with no intention of committing suicide apparently experience genuine relief from emotional anguish, contends John Briere of the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles.
The Indian counterpart was told that there has been no ceasefire violation from Pakistan side nor did Pakistan Army mutilate the bodies of Indian soldiers.
"To mutilate the animal's head was particularly gruesome."