Definition of maul verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    maul

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//mɔl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they maul
     
    he / she / it mauls
     
    past simple mauled
     
    -ing form mauling
     
     
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  1. 1maul somebody (of an animal) to attack and injure someone by tearing their flesh synonym savage
  2. 2maul somebody/something to touch someone or something in an unpleasant and/or violent way She was mauled by guards at the border.
  3. 3maul something/somebody to criticize something or someone severely and publicly synonym savage
  4. 4 maul somebody (informal) to defeat someone easily
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