Origin of tee1
- Also called teeing ground.the starting place, usually a hard mound of earth, at the beginning of play for each hole.
- a small wooden, plastic, metal, or rubber peg from which the ball is driven, as in teeing off.
verb (used with object), teed, tee·ing.
- Golf.to strike the ball from a tee.
- Slang.to reprimand severely; scold: He teed off on his son for wrecking the car.
- Informal.to begin: They teed off the program with a medley of songs.
- Baseball, Softball.to make many runs and hits, especially extra-base hits: teeing off for six runs on eight hits, including three doubles and a home run.
- Baseball, Softball.to hit (a pitched ball) hard and far: He teed off on a fastball and drove it into the bleachers.
- Boxing.to strike with a powerful blow, especially to the head: He teed off on his opponent with an overhand right.
- Slang.to make angry, irritated, or disgusted: She was teed off because her dinner guests were late.
Origin of tee2
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Contemporary Examples of tee
The kids had a gift for him too, a tee shirt with ‘Baseball Spoken Here’ stenciled across the front.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
She smirks from the side of coffee mugs, tee shirts, post cards, and books around the world.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'
August 9, 2014
By that time, his arms were so tired from three full swings a hole that he could hardly knock the ball off the tee.
On the short seventeenth, his tee shot stopped six feet from the pin.
Watts does a good, blushing sideways glance and has her flat upper class intonations off to a tee.Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring?
November 4, 2013
Historical Examples of tee
There was a group of people, players and guests, awaiting me at the tee.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
They are usually solid cones, topped with a gilded 'tee,' and there are many of them.The Soul of a People
"Let's sit in that car down by the first tee," Harold suggested.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
At the eighteenth tee we were all square and hardly on speaking terms.
This is the merry Golf Lynx, as you see; An amiable beast, and fond of tee.A Phenomenal Fauna
verb tees, teeing or teed
Word Origin for tee
Word Origin for tee
in golf, 1721, back-formation from teaz (1673), taken as a plural; a Scottish word of uncertain origin. The original form was a little heap of sand. The verb meaning "place a ball on a golf tee" is recorded from 1673; figurative sense of "to make ready" (usually with up) is recorded from 1938. Teed off in the figurative sense of "angry, annoyed" is first recorded 1953, probably as a euphemism for p(iss)ed off.