v. handle someone or something in a rough way; cause serious physical wounds
What can he do for this country besides serenade us with poetry and not maul the English language like Bush?
Sentence in Classic:
Then, with the maul, after repeatedly smiting the upper end of this iron rod, he placed the blunted needle endwise on the top of it, and less strongly hammered that, several times, the mate still holding the rod as before.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
He mauled the edges of the paper with his reddened and blackened hands, shouldering her aside and complaining that he could not see.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
With a transport of glee, I mauled the unresisting body, tasting delight from every blow; and it was not till weariness had begun to succeed, that I was suddenly, in the top fit of my delirium, struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Context
Wildeve turned the light eagerly upon the spot where Venn had found the box, and mauled the herbage right and left.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context