mau-mau


mau–mau

verb, often capitalized both Ms \ˈma-ˌma\
mau–mauedmau–mau·ing

Definition of MAU-MAU

transitive verb
:  to intimidate (as an official) by hostile confrontation or threats
intransitive verb
:  to engage in mau-mauing someone

Origin of MAU-MAU

Mau Mau, anti-European secret society in colonial Kenya
First Known Use: 1970

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