- to terrorize, intimidate, or threaten.
Origin of 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.
Origin of Mau Mau
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- a secret political society consisting chiefly of Kikuyu tribesmen that was founded in 1952 to drive European settlers from Kenya by acts of terrorism
- East African slang a Ugandan motorcycle policeman who directs traffic
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Word Origin and History for mau-mau
African secret society devoted to ending European rule, 1950, from the Kikuyu language of Kenya.
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