tees off


2 [tee]
Also called teeing ground. the starting place, usually a hard mound of earth, at the beginning of play for each hole.
a small wooden, plastic, metal, or rubber peg from which the ball is driven, as in teeing off.
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.
Golf. to place (the ball) on a tee.
Verb phrases
tee off,
Golf. to strike the ball from a tee.
Slang. to reprimand severely; scold: He teed off on his son for wrecking the car.
Informal. to begin: They teed off the program with a medley of songs.
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.
Baseball, Softball. to hit (a pitched ball) hard and far: He teed off on a fastball and drove it into the bleachers.
Boxing. to strike with a powerful blow, especially to the head: He teed off on his opponent with an overhand right.
Slang. to make angry, irritated, or disgusted: She was teed off because her dinner guests were late.

1665–75; origin uncertain

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tee1 (tiː)
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)
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)
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

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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