mutilate it

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  • The Lords, though they have passed the Irish Church Bill through its first stage, will very probably mutilate it in Committee. Cited from V1 Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay, by Trevelyan
  • He would then vent his ill-humour on the right arm of his chair, mutilating it with his penknife, which he seemed to keep for no other purpose. Cited from Memoirs of Napoleon, V4, by Bourrienne
  • If, however, this was only an ordinary subject for the dissecting-table, why did Dr. Jarvis mutilate it with such caution and at such an hour? Cited from The Crime of the French Cafe and Other Stories, by Nicholas Carter
  • To limit it would be to mutilate it. Cited from Expositions of Holy Scripture: Acts, by Maclaren
  • We mutilate the grand idea of the prophet in Israel if we think of his work as mainly prediction, and we mutilate it no less if we exclude prediction from it. Cited from Expositions of Holy Scripture: Various, Maclaren
  • To embody or enact an idea is the only way of making it actual; but its embodiment may mutilate it, if the material or the situation is not propitious. Cited from The Life of Reason, by George Santayana
  • It is likely, however, to suffer much more from the Gothic avarice of its own citizens, some of whom are mutilating it every day, for the sake of the stones, which they employ in their own private buildings. Cited from Travels through France & Italy, by Tobias Smollett
  • Speaking of the oak, it may be noted, that as sacred to Thor, it was under his immediate protection, and hence it was considered an act of sacrilege to mutilate it in ever so small a degree. Cited from The Folk-lore of Plants, by T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
  • M. de Trembley showed that you could take a polype and cut it into two, or four, or many pieces, mutilating it in all directions, and the pieces would still grow up and reproduce completely the original form of the animal. Cited from Darwiniana, by Thomas Henry Huxley
  • The military then moved on to quell other riots, when the mob returned and again suspended the now probably lifeless body of Franklin, cutting out pieces of flesh, and otherwise shockingly mutilating it. Cited from Great Riots of New York 1712 to 1873, J.T. Headley
  • Morality becomes rational precisely by refusing either to accept human nature, as it sprouts, altogether without harmony, or to mutilate it in the haste to make it harmonious. Cited from The Life of Reason, by George Santayana
  • We mutilate it still more fatally if we try to account for it on naturalistic principles, and fail to see in the prophet a man directly conscious of a divine call, or to hear in his words the solemn accents of the voice of God. Cited from Expositions of Holy Scripture: Various, Maclaren
  • The belief that a witch can torment an enemy by making an image of his person in clay or wax, correctly naming it, and mutilating it with pins, or, in the case of a waxen image, melting it by fire, is a very ancient one, and was held throughout and beyond the Middle Ages. Cited from Bygone Beliefs, by H. Stanley Redgrove