mainly Scot


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

Word Origin for tawse

C16: probably plural of obsolete taw strip of leather; see taw ²
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