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tawse

or 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).

[From taw.]

tawse

(tɔːz) or

taws

n
(Education) a leather strap having one end cut into thongs, formerly used as an instrument of punishment by a schoolteacher
vb
(Education) to punish (someone) with or as if with a tawse; whip
[C16: probably plural of obsolete taw strip of leather; see taw2]

tawse


Past participle: tawsed
Gerund: tawsing

Imperative
tawse
tawse
Present
I tawse
you tawse
he/she/it tawses
we tawse
you tawse
they tawse
Preterite
I tawsed
you tawsed
he/she/it tawsed
we tawsed
you tawsed
they tawsed
Present Continuous
I am tawsing
you are tawsing
he/she/it is tawsing
we are tawsing
you are tawsing
they are tawsing
Present Perfect
I have tawsed
you have tawsed
he/she/it has tawsed
we have tawsed
you have tawsed
they have tawsed
Past Continuous
I was tawsing
you were tawsing
he/she/it was tawsing
we were tawsing
you were tawsing
they were tawsing
Past Perfect
I had tawsed
you had tawsed
he/she/it had tawsed
we had tawsed
you had tawsed
they had tawsed
Future
I will tawse
you will tawse
he/she/it will tawse
we will tawse
you will tawse
they will tawse
Future Perfect
I will have tawsed
you will have tawsed
he/she/it will have tawsed
we will have tawsed
you will have tawsed
they will have tawsed
Future Continuous
I will be tawsing
you will be tawsing
he/she/it will be tawsing
we will be tawsing
you will be tawsing
they will be tawsing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tawsing
you have been tawsing
he/she/it has been tawsing
we have been tawsing
you have been tawsing
they have been tawsing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tawsing
you will have been tawsing
he/she/it will have been tawsing
we will have been tawsing
you will have been tawsing
they will have been tawsing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tawsing
you had been tawsing
he/she/it had been tawsing
we had been tawsing
you had been tawsing
they had been tawsing
Conditional
I would tawse
you would tawse
he/she/it would tawse
we would tawse
you would tawse
they would tawse
Past Conditional
I would have tawsed
you would have tawsed
he/she/it would have tawsed
we would have tawsed
you would have tawsed
they would have tawsed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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The absolute creme de la creme of tawses, according to her predecessor when he ceremoniously handed it on to her.
Interestingly, original leather tawses are now collectors' items and change hands for hundreds of pounds.
Millions of George Dick's leather tawses were used in schools around the world.