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[touz; Scot. tooz, toos]Chiefly British Dialect
verb (used with object), toused, tous·ing.
  1. to handle roughly; dishevel.
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verb (used without object), toused, tous·ing.
  1. to struggle; tussle.
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  1. a commotion; rumpus.
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Origin of touse

1250–1300; Middle English -t(o)usen, in betusen, fortusen to handle roughly (simple verb first recorded in the early 16th century); cognate with Old Frisian tūsen to rend, German zausen to tousle
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Examples from the Web for touse

Historical Examples

  • Douse, or Touse s.  a smart blow, particularly on the face, ex.

    A Glossary of Provincial Words & Phrases in use in Somersetshire

    Wadham Pigott Williams

  • Now you'd better go out and find the man that started all this touse about a leadin' citizen.

  • He gen'rally stirred up the most of his touse In hustling to save the outside of the house.

  • Ned, my boy, just tumble sleepy-headed Charlie there out of his comfortable nap, and touse him into his waking senses again.