mau-mau

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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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We need only to remember the administrative headaches described with great humor by Tom Wolfe (1970) in "maumauing the flak catchers" to understanding the fragile nature of the relationship between citizens and the street-level bureaucrats.
There also are far more "Mickey Mouse," "rap-session," and "MauMauing the bourgeoisie" courses; others with no papers or essay questions; take-home exams that can be done by teams of conspirators; counselors to help do papers; "laid-back" advisors who give "caring," rather than set an example of hard work; and more financial help to free students from the discipline of jobs.