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English definition of “maul”

maul

verb [T]     /mɔːl/
INJURE If you are mauled by an animal, you are injured by its teeth or claws (= the sharp parts of its feet): [often passive] He was mauled by a lion.Animal (non-human) behaviourAttacking and invading
CRITICIZE to criticize someone or something very badly: [often passive] His film was mauled by critics.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of maul verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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