tawse

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Etymology[edit]

Apparently a plural form of taw, though attested earlier.

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tawse (plural tawses)

  1. (chiefly Scotland) A leather strap or thong which is split into (typically three) tails, used for corporal punishment in schools, applied to the palm of the hands or buttocks.

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tawse (third-person singular simple present tawses, present participle tawsing, simple past and past participle tawsed)

  1. (transitive, chiefly Scotland) To beat with a tawse.

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