Definition of Mau Mau in English:

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Mau Mau

Pronunciation: /ˈmou ˌmou/
1An African secret society originating among the Kikuyu that in the 1950s used violence and terror to try to expel European settlers and end British rule in Kenya. The British eventually subdued the organization, but Kenya gained independence in 1963.
1.1 (mau-mau) [as verb with object] US informal Terrorize or threaten (someone).
Example sentences
  • Is this just a case of the Post being overly sensitive to White House mau-mauing?
  • Indeed, the real problem, one might say, was the campaign's susceptibility to mau-mauing and aggressively proffered free-advice from pundits and other Democrats.
  • I thought mau-mauing the Times was all the rage these days.

Origin

Kikuyu.

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