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mutilate
used in My Antonia

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Definition
severely injure or damage — for example by cutting up
  • At supper the men ate like vikings, and the chocolate cake, which I had hoped would linger on until tomorrow in a mutilated condition, disappeared on the second round.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (81% in)
  • Cutter would come home at noon, find the mutilated journal in the paper-rack, and triumphantly fit the clipping into the space from which it had been cut.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (63% in)
  • They were flimsy shelters, most of them poorly built of light wood, with spindle porch-posts horribly mutilated by the turning-lathe.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (69% in)
  • Tiny mentioned this mutilation quite casually—didn't seem sensitive about it.
    Book 4 — The Pioneer Woman's Story (22% in)

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