Idioms

    tan someone's hide, Informal. to beat someone soundly: She threatened to tan our hides if she found us on her property again.

Origin of tan

1
before 1000; 1920–25 for def 2; Middle English tannen to make hide into leather, late Old English *tannian (in past participle getanned; cf. tanner1) < Medieval Latin tannāre, derivative of tannum oak bark, tanbark < Germanic; compare Old High German tanna oak, fir, akin to Dutch den fir
Related formstan·na·ble, adjectiveun·tanned, adjectivewell-tanned, adjective

Definition for tans (2 of 3)

tan

2
[ tan ]
/ tæn /

noun

Origin of tan

2
by shortening

Definition for tans (3 of 3)

TAN

[ tan ]
/ tæn /

noun

tax-anticipation note.
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British Dictionary definitions for tans (1 of 3)

Tans

/ (tænz) /

pl n

the Tans Irish informal short for the Black and Tans

British Dictionary definitions for tans (2 of 3)

tan

1
/ (tæn) /

noun

verb tans, tanning or tanned

adjective tanner or tannest

of the colour tantan gloves
used in or relating to tanning
Derived Formstannable, adjectivetannish, adjective

Word Origin for tan

Old English tannian (unattested as infinitive, attested as getanned, past participle), from Medieval Latin tannāre, from tannum tanbark, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare Irish tana thin

British Dictionary definitions for tans (3 of 3)

tan

2
/ (tæn) /

abbreviation for

tangent (sense 2)
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Science definitions for tans

tan


Abbreviation of tangent
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