1900–05; back formation from tatting

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tat1 (tæt)
vb , tats, tatting, tatted
to make (something) by tatting
[C19: of unknown origin]

tat2 (tæt)
1.  tatty articles or a tatty condition
2.  tasteless articles
3.  a tangled mass
[C20: back formation from tatty]

tat3 (tæt)
short for tattoo

tat4 (tæt)
See tit for tat

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1882, "to do tatting," back-formation from tatting.
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TAT abbr.
Thematic Apperception Test

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  1. tetanus antitoxin

  2. Thematic Apperception Test

  3. Transatlantic Telephone

  4. true air temperature

  5. turnaround time

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see tit for tat.

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