maul-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: injure badly (as if) by beating; tear apart

The boxer mauled the other fighter.
Like a pack of lions the crowd mauled John.
Wow, you really mauled that steak.
He mauled the edge of the paper with his shaking hands.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Cause_harm
PropBank: maul.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: split wood with a maul and wedges

I went out and mauled some wood for the fire.
The old man mauled the wood with flawless technique.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1