a heavy hammer, as for driving stakes or wedges.
Archaic. a heavy club or mace.
to handle or use roughly: The book was badly mauled by its borrowers.
to injure by a rough beating, shoving, or the like; bruise: to be mauled by an angry crowd.
to split with a maul and wedge, as a wooden rail.
- maul·er, noun
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How to use maul in a sentence
Ben Affleck, still feeling his oats on a Sunday morning, mauls a lovely French journalist and suggests she do the show topless.
Who in the gutter caterwauls, squalls, mauls Some feline foe, and screams in shrill ill-will.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
It isn't the slightest interest to the team whether some one whales you or mauls you!The Varmint | Owen Johnson
Ditto, mauls and mullers of slag for grinding chili and other ingredients of the sauce known as kithl-ko-se.Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained | James Stevenson
The mastiff mauls the bundle clumsily and gluts himself with growling greed, crunching the bones.Ulysses | James Joyce
As the heavy strokes of the mauls fell he glanced over the faces of the onlookers.The Law-Breakers | Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for maul
to handle clumsily; paw
to batter or lacerate
a heavy two-handed hammer suitable for driving piles, wedges, etc
rugby a loose scrum that forms around a player who is holding the ball and on his feet
- mauler, noun
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