- to do, or make by, tatting.
Origin of tat
First recorded in 1900–05; back formation from tatting
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Examples from the Web for tats
Just make sure the tats can be discreetly and completely covered.
Still, we rode Munipoor "tats" costing us from 50 rupees to 100.Ranching, Sport and Travel
This may be the edifice of the tats which now shelters the Muse Lorin.Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy
The Huichol Indians also know it and raise it; they call it tats.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)
Kildare and the collector, my servant said, had gone off on tats to shoot some small game.Mr. Isaacs
F. Marion Crawford
The three estates of the realm are the three orders (tats) into which all natural-born subjects are legally divided: viz.
- to make (something) by tatting
C19: of unknown origin
- tatty articles or a tatty condition
- tasteless articles
- a tangled mass
C20: back formation from tatty
- short for tattoo 2 (def. 2)
- See tit for tat
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Word Origin and History for tats
1882, "to do tatting," back-formation from tatting.
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Idioms and Phrases with tats
see tit for tat.
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