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taw1

[taw] /tɔ/
noun
1.
a choice or fancy marble used as a shooter.
2.
a game in which marbles are arranged in the center of a circle drawn or scratched on the ground, the object being to knock out as many as possible from the circle; ringer.
3.
Also, taw line. the line from which the players shoot.
verb (used without object)
4.
to shoot a marble.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for taw line

taw1

/tɔː/
noun
1.
the line from which the players shoot in marbles
2.
(Austral, informal) back to taws, back to the beginning
3.
a large marble used for shooting
4.
a game of marbles
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

taw2

/tɔː/
verb (transitive)
1.
to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
2.
(archaic or dialect) to flog; beat
Derived Forms
tawer, noun
Word Origin
Old English tawian; compare Old High German zouwen to prepare, Gothic taujan to make
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Word Origin and History for taw line

taw

v.

"to prepare" (leather), from Old English tawian "to do, make," from Proto-Germanic *tawojan (cf. Old Frisian tawa, Old Saxon toian, Middle Dutch tauwen, Dutch touwen, Old High German zouwen "to prepare," Old High German zawen "to succeed," Gothic taujan "to make, prepare"), probably related to the root of Old English tol "tool" (see tool).

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