Mau-mau meaning

mou'mou'
To attack or denounce vociferously, especially so as to intimidate.
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A member of a secret society of Kikuyu tribesmen in Kenya, organized c. 1951 to fight against white rule: both the movement and its suppression were marked by terrorism and violence.
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To coerce or attempt to coerce by the use of threats, intimidation, etc.
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To menace through intimidating tactics; to intimidate, harass; to terrorize.
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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.
    From Wiktionary