2a: the throat, gullet, or jaws especially of a voracious animalthe gaping maw of the tiger
b: something suggestive of a gaping mawthe dark maw of the cave
Examples of maw in a Sentence
the gaping maw of the tiger
Recent Examples on the WebThe same descriptor cannot be applied to his team’s mission concept, a somewhat more bombastic endeavor that would drop an American probe into the Venusian maw for the first time since 1978.
Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 2 June 2021 Shoveling more corporate taxes into the insatiable maw of a government that has no concept of targeted spending makes any plan to raise additional taxes a lose-lose proposition that burden’s the economy with little or no offsetting benefit.
WSJ, 12 Apr. 2021 The world, in other words, was happening — all while enormous political energy and billions of dollars got sucked into the maw of endless campaigning.
Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021 Several outlets fed the maw in another way, by turning to international programming.
John Koblin, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2021 In one, an insatiable media-industrial complex takes a vulnerable young woman into its maw, judging her sexuality and questioning, then actively undermining, her sanity.
Maria Fontoura, Rolling Stone, 24 Feb. 2021 Voigt used that hole to string an electrical cord with a red light to show off the creature’s icicle teeth and blood-red maw.
cleveland, 22 Feb. 2021 The scientists prepped for their descent into the maw of the Greenland ice sheet by drilling deep into the ice.
Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2020 Twice already it was sent me to do the impossible, the unpredictable, in my country: ushering a tale of the camps into print under Communist censorship, and publishing Archipelago while in the Dragon’s maw.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, National Review, 18 Nov. 2020
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First Known Use of maw
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for maw
Middle English, from Old English maga; akin to Old High German mago stomach, Lithuanian makas purse