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tawseor taws (tôz)
pl.n. Chiefly Scots
1. A whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top.
2. A leather whip divided at the end into strips, formerly used to punish children: "Solider Aristotle played the taws / Upon the bottom of a king of kings" (William Butler Yeats).
(Education) a leather strap having one end cut into thongs, formerly used as an instrument of punishment by a schoolteacher
(Education) to punish (someone) with or as if with a tawse; whip
[C16: probably plural of obsolete taw strip of leather; see taw2]
Past participle: tawsed
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|Noun||1.||tawse - a leather strap for punishing children|
strap - whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging
Scotland - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts