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a leather strap having one end cut into thongs, formerly used as an instrument of punishment by a schoolteacher
to punish (someone) with or as if with a tawse; whip
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Word Origin for tawse
C16: probably plural of obsolete taw strip of leather; see taw ²
Words nearby tawse
tawny, tawny owl, tawny pipit, tawpie, taws, tawse, tax, taxable, taxaceous, taxation, taxation without representation
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How to use tawse in a sentence
The serpent had unwound its coils; it lay revealed in all its hideousness—a teacher's tawse!Bud|Neil Munro
You are an ould pig and I'll not speak, and you'll never put your hands on your tawse again.The Underworld|James C. Welsh
A tiny voice pipes out in the very highest of high trebles: 'I'se here tawse I tarn't walt.'
This is an iron chain with a heavy knob at the end, to which a strap, like a Scotch tawse, is often attached.
The chain is ordinarily three and a half feet long, the tawse two feet, and the total weight is about seven pounds.