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touse

[touz; Scot. tooz, toos] /taʊz; Scot. tuz, tus/ Chiefly British Dialect
verb (used with object), toused, tousing.
1.
to handle roughly; dishevel.
verb (used without object), toused, tousing.
2.
to struggle; tussle.
noun
3.
a commotion; rumpus.
Origin of touse
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English -t(o)usen, in betusen, fortusen to handle roughly (simple verb first recorded in the early 16th century); cognate with Old Frisian tūsen to rend, German zausen to tousle
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