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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 OriginMiddle 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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