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[mawl] /mɔl/

a heavy hammer, as for driving stakes or wedges.
Archaic. a heavy club or mace.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (transitive)
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

mid-13c., meallen “strike with a heavy weapon,” from Middle English mealle (mid-13c.) “mace, wooden club, heavy hammer” (see maul (n.). The meaning “damage seriously, mangle” is first recorded 1690s. Related: Mauled; mauling.

c.1200, mealle, “hammer, usually a heavy one; sledgehammer,” from Old French mail “hammer,” from Latin malleus “hammer” (see mallet).

an old name for a mallet, the rendering of the Hebrew mephits (Prov. 25:18), properly a war-club.


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