One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of an animal) wound (a person or animal) by scratching and tearing.‘the herdsmen were mauled by lions’
savage, attack, tear to pieces, lacerate, claw, mutilate, mangle, scratchView synonyms
- ‘He won't maul intruders, but he won't leave surprises on the carpet either.’
- ‘The beast just overwhelmed him, just mauled him as he slept.’
- ‘Bears shall maul the wicked, and the wolves shall consume them.’
- ‘As the world knows, he was mauled on stage last month by one of his pets.’
- ‘Calls have been made for a change in the law on dangerous dogs after a 12-year-old boy was savagely mauled.’
- ‘You see from time to time children being mauled by dogs.’
- ‘A fourth person was mauled to death by a crocodile, the paper reported.’
- ‘Why should he risk being mauled to death if he doesn't need to?’
- ‘They would gang up on a lone rhino and maul it to death.’
- ‘We had to get rid of her though after she almost mauled the mailman.’
- ‘Her hands and feet were also badly mauled by stray dogs.’
- ‘A mother whose two dogs mauled a young girl today pleaded for them not to be destroyed and claimed: ‘My dogs are not dangerous.’’
- ‘At Babylon there is a famous basalt statue of a man being mauled by a lion.’
- ‘The patient was mauled by a pet Labrador in June, leaving her with severe facial injuries that her doctors said made it difficult for her to speak and eat.’
- ‘As for personal experience, I was once nearly mauled by a bear while camping.’
- ‘A woman has told today how her pet dog's life is hanging in the balance after it was badly mauled by another canine in an unprovoked attack.’
- ‘We would tell them that an animal has mauled a person at the zoo and they would have to find out from the footprints and animal imprints what kind of animal did it.’
- ‘Trembling slightly, Ian continued to crouch down, doubled-up in an almost foetal position, and waited to be mauled.’
- ‘Dogs and foxes always go for the neck, but this time whatever attacked the sheep pounced on it from behind, pinning it down and mauling both sides of the back.’
- ‘How could I not feel so bad when I had just found out my brother was mauled by two dogs?’
- 1.1 Treat (someone or something) roughly.
molest, feel, fondleView synonyms
- ‘Only days before Custer's loss, Crook's cavalry was mauled near the Rosebud River.’
- ‘In best campfire tradition, we tell stories - not ghost stories, but mauling stories.’
- ‘Right when I walked into the gymnasium, I was practically mauled by Rory and Sara.’
- ‘So when a little boy mauled his science notebook, scrawled a message on one of the pages, and rushed into the shot, he was severely reprimanded.’
- ‘Sometimes I feel like a cat that is being mauled by a small child.’
- ‘This comes after the Opposition was mauled yesterday in Question Time when Labor backbenchers were really looking to make budgetary inroads on the equity angle.’
- ‘This was a response to another government institution mauling community activities and local concerns.’
- ‘More riots are expected as a 30% transport and bread price increase mauls family budgets.’
- ‘But the guilt has been creeping up on me, grasping at my skin, gnawing away at my bones, chewing on my heart, mauling my conscience, and spitting out my toenails one by one.’
- ‘This was not the first time Darwin had been severely damaged by a cyclone: it was badly mauled in both January 1897 and March 1937.’
- ‘‘We all had it,’ she says, sitting on a rug in front of her mud hut while her granddaughter mauls a stalk of sugarcane.’
- ‘Some more chaste readers may blanch at this next revelation, but I maul books: I scribble in margins, bend pages, use inside covers as note-pads.’
A tool with a heavy head and a handle, used for tasks such as ramming, crushing, and driving wedges; a beetle.
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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