tee

2 [tee]
noun
1.
Golf.
a.
Also called teeing ground. the starting place, usually a hard mound of earth, at the beginning of play for each hole.
b.
a small wooden, plastic, metal, or rubber peg from which the ball is driven, as in teeing off.
2.
Football. a device on which the ball may be placed to raise it off the ground preparatory to kicking.
verb (used with object), teed, teeing.
3.
Golf. to place (the ball) on a tee.
Verb phrases
4.
tee off,
a.
Golf. to strike the ball from a tee.
b.
Slang. to reprimand severely; scold: He teed off on his son for wrecking the car.
c.
Informal. to begin: They teed off the program with a medley of songs.
d.
Baseball, Softball. to make many runs and hits, especially extra-base hits: teeing off for six runs on eight hits, including three doubles and a home run.
e.
Baseball, Softball. to hit (a pitched ball) hard and far: He teed off on a fastball and drove it into the bleachers.
f.
Boxing. to strike with a powerful blow, especially to the head: He teed off on his opponent with an overhand right.
g.
Slang. to make angry, irritated, or disgusted: She was teed off because her dinner guests were late.

Origin:
1665–75; origin uncertain

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tee1 (tiː)
 
n
1.  a pipe fitting in the form of a letter T, used to join three pipes
2.  a metal section with a cross section in the form of a letter T, such as a rolled-steel joist
3.  any part or component shaped like a T

tee2 (tiː)
 
n
1.  Also called: teeing ground an area, often slightly elevated, from which the first stroke of a hole is made
2.  a support for a golf ball, usually a small wooden or plastic peg, used when teeing off or in long grass, etc
 
vb (when intr, often foll by up) , tees, teeing, teed
3.  to position (the ball) ready for striking, on or as if on a tee
 
[C17 teaz, of unknown origin]

tee3 (tiː)
 
n
a mark used as a target in certain games such as curling and quoits
 
[C18: perhaps from T-shaped marks, which may have originally been used in curling]

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Word Origin & History

tee
in golf, 1721, back-formation from teaz (1673), taken as a plural; a Scottish word of uncertain origin. The original form was a little heap of sand. The verb meaning "place a ball on a golf tee" is recorded from 1673; fig. sense of "to make ready" (usually with up) is recorded from 1938. Teed off in
the fig. sense of "angry, annoyed" is first recorded 1953, probably as a euphemism for p(iss)ed off.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
tee
T-shirt
TEE
transesophageal echocardiography
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Example sentences
He teed up this non-event by acting coy about whom exactly he would be endorsing.
Also, don't get teed off when the proposal gets rejected and the comments are moronic.
In addition, there are topics that have not yet been teed up.
Teed-Sparling urged that employees be taught how to avoid throwing their wrists in cupping and capping.
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