Mau-mau



[mou-mou] /ˈmaʊˌmaʊ/

verb (used with object), Slang.
1.
to terrorize, intimidate, or threaten.
[mou mou] /ˈmaʊ ˌmaʊ/
noun, plural Mau Maus (especially collectively) Mau Mau.
1.
a member of a revolutionary society in Kenya, established in the early 1950s, that consisted chiefly of Kikuyu and engaged in terrorist activities in an attempt to drive out the European settlers and to give government control to the native Kenyans.
/ˈmaʊ ˌmaʊ/
noun (pl) Mau Maus, Mau Mau
1.
a secret political society consisting chiefly of Kikuyu tribesmen that was founded in 1952 to drive European settlers from Kenya by acts of terrorism
2.
(E African, slang) a Ugandan motorcycle policeman who directs traffic
n.

African secret society devoted to ending European rule, 1950, from the Kikuyu language of Kenya.

verb

(also mao-mao) To coerce with rough treatment; terrorize: The pressure ladies half-successfully mao-maoed Communications Minister Francis Fox to censure the offending shows/ I’ve been a mayor for nine years and I’ve been Mau-Maued by the best

[1970+; fr the Mau Maus, a terrorist group in Kenya in the 1950s]

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