taw line


1 [taw]
a choice or fancy marble used as a shooter.
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.
Also, taw line. the line from which the players shoot.
verb (used without object)
to shoot a marble.

1700–10; origin uncertain

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taw1 (tɔː)
1.  the line from which the players shoot in marbles
2.  informal (Austral) back to taws back to the beginning
3.  a large marble used for shooting
4.  a game of marbles
[C18: of unknown origin]

taw2 (tɔː)
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, dialect or to flog; beat
[Old English tawian; compare Old High German zouwen to prepare, Gothic taujan to make]

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Word Origin & History

"to prepare" (leather), from O.E. tawian "to do, make," from P.Gmc. *tawojan (cf. O.Fris. tawa, O.S. toian, M.Du. tauwen, Du. touwen, O.H.G. zouwen "to prepare," O.H.G. zawen "to succeed," Goth. taujan "to make, prepare"), probably related to the root of O.E. tol "tool" (see tool).
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