- 1(Of an animal) wound (a person or animal) by scratching and tearing: a man was mauled by a lion at London ZooMore example sentences
- At Babylon there is a famous basalt statue of a man being mauled by a lion.
- A mother whose two dogs mauled a young girl today pleaded for them not to be destroyed and claimed: ‘My dogs are not dangerous.’
- The patient was mauled by a pet Labrador in June, leaving her with severe facial injuries that her doctors said made it difficult for her to speak and eat.
- 1.1Treat (something) savagely or roughly: the body was badly mauled in battleMore example sentences
- This was not the first time Darwin had been severely damaged by a cyclone: it was badly mauled in both January 1897 and March 1937.
- ‘We all had it,’ she says, sitting on a rug in front of her mud hut while her granddaughter mauls a stalk of sugarcane.
- More riots are expected as a 30% transport and bread price increase mauls family budgets.
- 1.2Handle (someone) roughly, especially for sexual gratification: she hated being mauled by macho chauvinist pigsMore example sentences
- After the third time we hung out, we were lying on her bed at like three in the morning and all of a sudden, she just mauls me.
- Just because someone is willing to see what you're like to kiss does not mean you have an open invitation to maul him or her.
- She herself enjoys a few moments of heightened sexual pleasure, and she enthusiastically mauls a couple of obnoxious idiots.
- 1.3 • informal Defeat heavily in a game or match: the team were mauled 4-0 by Manchester CityMore example sentences
- Wales have shown signs of recovering from the terrible mauling they received at the hands of an Irish side that was, in turn, given something of a good hiding by England at Twickenham.
- They approached this game with some trepidation following a 6-1 mauling at the hands of the same opposition only three weeks earlier.
- His fury came as his side went down to their biggest home defeat since the 53-25 mauling by Exeter in 1977.
- 1.4Subject to fierce criticism: (as noun mauling) he faces a mauling at next week’s conferenceMore example sentences
criticize, denigrate, attack, censure, condemn, find fault with, give a bad press to, pillory, lambaste, flay, savage• informal knock, slam, pan, bash, take/pull to pieces, take apart, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewerAustralian/New Zealand • informal bag• rare excoriate
- Despite it all, he wrote a fictionalised account of his disastrous passion and was promptly mauled by critics and friends alike.
- It is attracting much controversy, as well as being mauled by the movie critics.
- If a book has been mauled by our critics, one can hardly expect the massacre to be put on display in a shop aiming to shift copies of the offending item.
- 1.5 [no object] Rugby Take part in a maul: the forwards rucked and mauled to near perfectionMore example sentences
- Missing some key men among six absent first-team regulars, they suffered in the set scrummage but rucked and mauled well.
- The home team had plenty of early possession, and adopted the obvious tactics of hitting the ball up close to ruck and maul via their big men.
- With an all new control system that is intuitive and user friendly, players will be rucking, mauling, and kicking like champions in no time.
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- 1(In rugby union) a loose scrum formed around a player with the ball off the ground. Compare with ruck1.More example sentences
- The grounding of the ball in a driven maul satisfied the touch judge, but not the referee, and another chance disappeared.
- Little headway was made in the maul but the ball was switched across the field.
- They then executed a well-controlled maul before the ball was flashed out to the opposite flank.
- 2 another term for beetle2 ( sense 1 of the noun).
Middle English (in the sense 'hammer or wooden club', also 'strike with a heavy weapon'): from Old French mail, from Latin malleus 'hammer'.