Definition of maul verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    maul

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɔːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they maul
    BrE BrE//mɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɔːl//
     
    he / she / it mauls
    BrE BrE//mɔːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɔːlz//
     
    past simple mauled
    BrE BrE//mɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɔːld//
     
    past participle mauled
    BrE BrE//mɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɔːld//
     
    -ing form mauling
    BrE BrE//ˈmɔːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1maul somebody (of an animal) to attack and injure somebody by tearing their flesh synonym savage
  2. 2maul somebody/something to touch somebody/something in an unpleasant and/or violent way She was mauled by guards at the border.
  3. 3maul something/somebody to criticize something/somebody severely and publicly synonym savage
  4. 4maul somebody (informal) to defeat somebody easily
  5. synonym trash
    Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘hammer or wooden club’, also ‘strike with a heavy weapon’): from Old French mail, from Latin malleus ‘hammer’.
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