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[mou-mou] /ˈmaʊˌmaʊ/
verb (used with object), Slang.
to terrorize, intimidate, or threaten.
Origin of mau-mau
1970; coined by Tom Wolfe in Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers; see Mau Mau

Mau Mau

[mou mou] /ˈmaʊ ˌmaʊ/
noun, plural Mau Maus (especially collectively) Mau Mau.
a member of a revolutionary society in Kenya, established in the early 1950s, that consisted chiefly of Kikuyu and engaged in terrorist activities in an attempt to drive out the European settlers and to give government control to the native Kenyans.
From Kikuyu Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mau-mau

Mau Mau

/ˈmaʊ ˌmaʊ/
noun (pl) Mau Maus, Mau Mau
a secret political society consisting chiefly of Kikuyu tribesmen that was founded in 1952 to drive European settlers from Kenya by acts of terrorism
(E African, slang) a Ugandan motorcycle policeman who directs traffic
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Mau Mau


African secret society devoted to ending European rule, 1950, from the Kikuyu language of Kenya.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mau-mau



(also mao-mao) To coerce with rough treatment; terrorize: The pressure ladies half-successfully mao-maoed Communications Minister Francis Fox to censure the offending shows/ I've been a mayor for nine years and I've been Mau-Maued by the best

[1970+; fr the Mau Maus, a terrorist group in Kenya in the 1950s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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