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1 disturb the smoothness of; "ruffle the surface of the water" [syn: ruffle, ruffle up, mess up]
2 to gather something into small wrinkles or folds; "She puckered her lips" [syn: pucker, cockle, crumple, knit]
3 become wrinkled or crumpled or creased; "This fabric won't wrinkle" [syn: crumple, wrinkle, crease, crinkle]

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  1. To make wrinkled.
    I'll rumple my bedsheets so it looks like I was here last night.

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John Nicholas William Rumple (March 4, 1841 - January 31, 1903) was a U.S. Representative from Iowa.
Born near Fostoria, Ohio, Rumple attended the public schools, Western College, Iowa, and the Iowa State University. Enlisted in Company H, Second Iowa Cavalry, in August 1861 and remained in the Army until October 1865, when mustered out as captain. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa. He served as member of the State senate 1873-1878. He served as member of the board of regents of the State University of Iowa 1880-1886. Curator of the State Historical Society of Iowa 1881-1885. He served as member of the city council. He served as mayor of Marengo, Iowa, in 1885 and 1886. Attorney for the city council of Marengo 1896-1900. He served as member of the school board.
Rumple was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1901, until his death in Chicago, Illinois, January 31, 1903. He was interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa.


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