Meaning of “maw” in the English Dictionary

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"maw" in British English

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mawnoun [ C ]

uk /mɔː/ us /mɑː/ literary

the mouth of a fierce (= frightening) animal:

the lion's maw

something that seems to surround and absorb everything near it:

She fears that the matter will simply be swallowed up by the maw of bureaucracy.

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