- a whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top.
- a leather whip having its tip divided into smaller strips, used to punish schoolchildren.
Origin of taws
- a choice or fancy marble used as a shooter.
- a game in which marbles are arranged in the center of a circle drawn or scratched on the ground, the object being to knock out as many as possible from the circle; ringer.
- Also taw line. the line from which the players shoot.
- to shoot a marble.
Origin of taw1
- to prepare or dress (some raw material) for use or further manipulation.
- to transform the skin of an animal into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
- Archaic. to flog; thrash.
Origin of taw2
Examples from the Web for taws
From that moment he ruled them by his eye, the taws vanished.Spare Hours
He went back to "taws," and "lagged for goes," with the others.The Court of Boyville
William Allen White
They will use the taws on baby hands, that cannot make a ‘k’ or a ‘z’ at first sight.Christine
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
If his mother had laid on the taws better, he would nae hae been sae skeigh.The Entail
One whipped daily and hourly with a hickory club with leather thongs attached at one end; this he called the "taws."Child Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- the line from which the players shoot in marbles
- back to taws Australian informal back to the beginning
- a large marble used for shooting
- a game of marbles
- to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
- archaic, or dialect to flog; beat
Word Origin and History for taws
"to prepare" (leather), from Old English tawian "to do, make," from Proto-Germanic *tawojan (cf. Old Frisian tawa, Old Saxon toian, Middle Dutch tauwen, Dutch touwen, Old High German zouwen "to prepare," Old High German zawen "to succeed," Gothic taujan "to make, prepare"), probably related to the root of Old English tol "tool" (see tool).