- 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
C16: probably plural of obsolete taw strip of leather; see taw ²
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Examples from the Web for tawse
The tawse had hung idle even for Paul for many and many a day.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
Even Robin and Jack had been in their day afraid of the mistress and her tawse.Allison Bain
Margaret Murray Robertson
The serpent had unwound its coils; it lay revealed in all its hideousness—a teacher's tawse!Bud
I dinna think that e'er I had to raise the tawse to Sandy in my life.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland
John Mackay Wilson
But I want my dolly's k'adle, tawse my dolly's in it, and I want to shee her!The World's Greatest Books, Volume V.
Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.