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teaser

[tee-zer] /ˈti zər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that teases.
2.
Theater. a drapery or flat piece across the top of the proscenium arch that masks the flies and that, together with the tormentors, forms a frame for the stage opening.
3.
Printing, Journalism, kicker (def 9).
4.
an advertisement that lures customers or clients by offering a bonus, gift, or the like.
5.
Television Slang. tease (def 5).
Origin of teaser
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English teser machine for teasing wool; see tease, -er1
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  • "The principal of the malcontents on board of the teaser was a man by the name of Lonley," Christy explained.

  • Oh,” I said at last, “if we could only see the teaser coming up the river!

    Blue Jackets George Manville Fenn
  • We must keep a good watch for our two friends, and if they come down we can follow till we see the teaser in the offing.

    Blue Jackets George Manville Fenn
  • "I could build you a teaser here," said Bosinney, breaking the silence at last.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • "I have a plain frock in my valise which I wore when the teaser was captured," added Christy with a smile.

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British Dictionary definitions for teaser

teaser

/ˈtiːzə/
noun
1.
a person who teases
2.
a preliminary advertisement in a campaign that attracts attention by making people curious to know what product is being advertised
3.
a difficult question
4.
(vet science) a vasectomized male animal, such as an ox, used to detect oestrus in females
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Word Origin and History for teaser
n.

"short sample, introductory advertisement," 1934, agent noun from tease (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for teaser

tearoom

noun

Apublictoilet (1970s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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