TAWSE

World English Dictionary
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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