Had they but known it, he despised them too greatly to think of mauling them.
I wondered what men were beneath it and what mauling they were receiving.
We had to improvise a cage at night to keep him from mauling us and keeping us awake.
Lying on my cushions, mauling my things, running my engine for all I know.
On one occasion in India a wounded panther was mauling one of his beaters.
Only three of 'em, but they're all over the place—climbing on you, mauling you, tripping you up.
In 'mauling rails,' the taskman selecting the trees (pine) that he judges will split easiest, 100 a day, ends not sharpened.
If you do not soon disappear from here, my friend, you may come in for some mauling.
Seeing how matters stood, they fell upon Kit and Hal, mauling the pair with fists, and tearing off their outer garments.
The House of Commons goes on in mauling the late Ministry and their proceedings.
mid-13c., meallen "strike with a heavy weapon," from Middle English mealle (mid-13c.) "mace, wooden club, heavy hammer" (see maul (n.). The meaning "damage seriously, mangle" is first recorded 1690s. Related: Mauled; mauling.
c.1200, mealle, "hammer, usually a heavy one; sledgehammer," from Old French mail "hammer," from Latin malleus "hammer" (see mallet).
an old name for a mallet, the rendering of the Hebrew mephits (Prov. 25:18), properly a war-club.