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maul

verb [T often passive] uk   /mɔːl/ us    /mɑːl/

maul verb [T often passive] (ANIMAL)

If an animal mauls someone, it attacks that person and injures them with its teeth or claws (= long sharp nails): A small boy was mauled by the neighbour's dog.

maul verb [T often passive] (CRITICIZE)

to criticize something or someone severely: Both films were mauled by the critics.
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