taws

taws

[tawz, tahz]
noun, plural taws. Chiefly Scot.
1.
a whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top.
2.
a leather whip having its tip divided into smaller strips, used to punish schoolchildren.

Origin:
1505–15; plural of obsolete taw < Old Norse taug rope; cognate with Old English tēag tie

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taw

1 [taw]
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:
1700–10; origin uncertain

taw

2 [taw]
verb (used with object)
1.
to prepare or dress (some raw material) for use or further manipulation.
2.
to transform the skin of an animal into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
3.
Archaic. to flog; thrash.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English tawen, Old English tawian; cognate with Dutch touwen, Gothic taujan

tawer, noun

taw

3 [tahv, tawv, tahf, tawf]
noun
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taw1 (tɔː)
 
n
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)
 
vb
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]
 
'tawer2
 
n

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

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taw
"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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