- 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.
- Golf. to place (the ball) on a tee.
- 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.
Origin of tee2
- golf to strike (the ball) from a tee, as when starting a hole
- informal to begin; start
- a pipe fitting in the form of a letter T, used to join three pipes
- a metal section with a cross section in the form of a letter T, such as a rolled-steel joist
- any part or component shaped like a T
- Also called: teeing ground an area, often slightly elevated, from which the first stroke of a hole is made
- a support for a golf ball, usually a small wooden or plastic peg, used when teeing off or in long grass, etc
- (when intr, often foll by up) to position (the ball) ready for striking, on or as if on a tee
- a mark used as a target in certain games such as curling and quoits
Word Origin and History for tee off
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; figurative sense of "to make ready" (usually with up) is recorded from 1938. Teed off in the figurative sense of "angry, annoyed" is first recorded 1953, probably as a euphemism for p(iss)ed off.
Idioms and Phrases with tee off
Start or begin, as in We teed off the fundraising drive with a banquet. This usage is a metaphor taken from golf, where tee off means “start play by driving a golf ball from the tee.” [Second half of 1900s]
Make angry or irritated, as in That rude comment teed him off, or I was teed off because it rained all weekend. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see tick off.