mau–mau

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verb, often capitalized both Ms \ˈmau̇-ˌmau̇\

Definition of mau–mau

mau–maued

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mau–mauing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to intimidate (someone, such as an official) by hostile confrontation or threats

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in mau-mauing someone

Origin and Etymology of mau–mau

Mau Mau, anti-European secret society in colonial Kenya


First Known Use: 1970

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