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maul | mauler

maul mauler
attack in a vicious way
  • How to Memorize
    • maul - attack
  • Analysis

    The word ‘maul’ both figuratively and literally means to attack viciously. In a literal sense, it is used to express tearing at the flesh of somebody or something, usually with teeth or nails. Figuratively, it describes being strongly criticized.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsmangle, molest, hammer,
    Antonymsprotect, maintain, concerve,
  • Example(s)
    1. I just know that critics are going to maul my latest book. They have always had it in for me.

    2. Jack is quite a mauler. He really goes after his rivals in his weekly newspaper column.

    3. The lion viciously mauled the man who fell into its enclosure at the zoo. He is now in critical condition.