To menace through intimidating tactics; to intimidate, harass; to terrorize.
Origin of Mau-mau
After the Mau Mau a secret society of Kikuyu insurgents that led a rebellion against the ruling Europeans in Kenya in the 1950s perhaps from Kikuyu mau-mau sound of the voracious gobbling of a hyena
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Mau Mau, the name of a group of anti-British insurgents in Kenya, who were noted in Europe for their (alleged) extreme violence and brutality.
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