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taws

[ tawz, tahz ]
/ tɔz, tɑz /
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noun, plural taws.Chiefly Scot.
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.
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Origin of taws

1505–15; plural of obsolete taw<Old Norse taug rope; cognate with Old English tēagtie
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