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tr.v. tawed, taw·ing, taws
To convert (an animal hide) into white leather by treating it with a mixture containing alum and salt.
[Middle English tawen, from Old English tawian, to prepare.]
1. Chiefly Southern US A large, fancy marble used for shooting.
2. The line from which a player shoots in marbles.
3. A game of marbles.
intr.v. tawed, taw·ing, taws
To shoot a marble.
taw 3(täf, tôf)
Variant of tav.
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).
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n., pl. taws. Chiefly Scot.
a leather whip having its tip divided into smaller strips, used to punish schoolchildren.
[1505–15; pl. of obsolete taw < Old Norse taug rope, c. Old English tēag tie]
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Past participle: tawsed
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