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mau-mau

 (mou′mou′)
tr.v. mau·maued, mau·mau·ing, mau·maus Often Offensive
To attack or denounce vociferously, especially so as to intimidate.

[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.]
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Thanks Mau-Mau for all the great times spent together.
Jomo Kenyatta, who clearly ate babies for breakfast as he led his dreadful Mau-Mau against the forces of good, evolved into respected statesman.
The British government initially took the same stance it the cases brought Kenyans, members of the Mau-Mau tribe that also accused the colonial power of torture.
However, Maruge persists and with the backing of sympathetic head teacher Jane (Naomie Harris), the former Mau-Mau fighter overcomes prejudice and hostility to gain the skills he needs to read his important letter.
In which African country were the Mau-Mau nationalists active in the 1950s?
Organized chronologically, they include the eighth century war between invading Muslims and defending Spanish Christians; the First and Second Opium Wars; the revolt in 132-35 that prompted the ongoing persecution of Jews; the war between the US and the Barbary Pirates in the early 1800s; the War for Afghan Independence in 1919; and the Mau-Mau Uprising in 1952-1956 in Kenya.
Obviously, part of the strategy here is to 'work the refs'--that is, to mau-mau reporters, editors, producers and commentators into going easier on McCain and harder on Obama.
These two events, together with a myriad of natural disasters and other but minor man-made disasters that Kenya has continued to experience over the time, make psychotrauma psychology and psychiatry very relevant today, Ndetei concludes, adding: 'If today we still see psychotrauma related to the war of independence (the Mau-Mau rebellion) of the early 1950s, culminating in independence in 1963, then Kenya must brace for subsequent and protracted psychotrauma issues over a full generation.
Historical mysteries pertinent to the plot revolve around the cultures of the Akamba and Masai in the context of hunting both a big black-manned lion and Mau-Mau rebel escapees.
They told how neighbours turned from being friends into enemies and how in some cases they were compared to the Mau-Mau, leaders of the Kenyan insurrection in the 1950s," said Gwynedd Watkin, FUW county officer.
Conservatives are only just learning to mau-mau the media and government with tactics and language on loan from the P.
For the past eight months, the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau have continued their quest of bringing lost blues, rock 'n' roll, country and soul to the forefront.