[touz; Scot. tooz, toos]Chiefly British Dialect
- to handle roughly; dishevel.
- to struggle; tussle.
- a commotion; rumpus.
Origin of touse
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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Examples from the Web for touse
Douse, or Touse s. a smart blow, particularly on the face, ex.A Glossary of Provincial Words & Phrases in use in Somersetshire
Wadham Pigott Williams
Now you'd better go out and find the man that started all this touse about a leadin' citizen.The Skipper and the Skipped
He gen'rally stirred up the most of his touse In hustling to save the outside of the house.
Ned, my boy, just tumble sleepy-headed Charlie there out of his comfortable nap, and touse him into his waking senses again.The Farmer Boy, and How He Became Commander-In-Chief