mauling - definition and synonyms

noun
  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    1
    an occasion when an animal attacks someone with its teeth and clawsSubmitted from United Kingdom on 04/03/2014
  2.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    2
    a heavy defeat

    They suffered a mauling from league leaders Celtic.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/03/2014
  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    3
    severe criticism of a play, film etc

    The play closed after only a month following a savage mauling by critics.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/03/2014