Meaning of “maul” in the English Dictionary

"maul" in British English

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maulverb [ T often passive ]

uk /mɔːl/ us /mɑːl/

maul verb [ T often passive ] (CRITICIZE)

to criticize something or someone severely:

Both films were mauled by the critics.

(Definition of “maul” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"maul" in American English

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maulverb [ T ]

us /mɔl/

to physically attack and badly hurt a person or animal:

A jogger was mauled by a huge bear.

(Definition of “maul” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)