Meaning of “maul” - Learner’s Dictionary

maul

verb [ T ] uk us /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.
CRITICIZE

to criticize someone or something very badly:

[ often passive ] His film was mauled by critics.

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