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addaword.gifdefinition of mauling

noun
1
an occasion when an animal attacks someone with its teeth and claws
2
a heavy defeat
They suffered a mauling from league leaders Celtic.
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 15:29:00
Definition of mauling from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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