A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to beat)
a. atacar
A wolf mauled the farmer's sheep.Un lobo atacó a las ovejas del granjero.
b. herir
The zookeeper shot the escaped tiger before it could maul anyone.El guardián del zoológico disparó al tigre que había escapado antes de que pudiera herir a alguien.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to destroy)
a. destrozar
The critics mauled the cast of the play.Los críticos destrozaron al elenco de la obra.
b. vapulear
In Molly's review of the restaurant, she mauled the chef.En la reseña sobre el restaurante, Molly vapuleó al chef.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
he was mauled by a tigerfue gravemente herido por un tigre
2. (fig)
the book was mauled by the criticslos críticos destrozaron el libro
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maul [mɔːl]
transitive verb
1 [+tiger, bear] atacar y malherir
the woman was mauled by a grizzly bear they were severely mauled
to maul sb to death atacar y matar a algn
Only the quick-thinking of the mother prevented two-year-old her from being mauled to death by the family rottweiler
2 [+writer, play] vapulear; [+text] destrozar; arruinar; [+team, competitor, candidate] dar una paliza a
the Foreign Secretary was mauled by many of his backbenchers. the party is always mauled in elections
he got badly mauled in the press la prensa lo vapuleó; la prensa lo puso como un trapo (informal)
the critics will maul him to death
(Rugby) melé (f) espontánea
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