verb (used with object)
Origin of maul
Related Words for maulinglacerate, pummel, drub, mug, bludgeon, trample, thrash, molest, pound, skin, whip, paw, pelt, maltreat, wax, hit, beat, flagellate, buffet, hurt
Examples from the Web for mauling
Historical Examples of mauling
Only three of 'em, but they're all over the place—climbing on you, mauling you, tripping you up.Torchy and Vee
I wondered what men were beneath it and what mauling they were receiving.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Lying on my cushions, mauling my things, running my engine for all I know.From the Car Behind
Eleanor M. Ingram
And it was only after months of suffering that Williams finally recovered from the mauling.In Africa
John T. McCutcheon
Had they but known it, he despised them too greatly to think of mauling them.A Son of the Immortals
Word Origin for maul
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).