[touz; Scot. tooz, toos]Chiefly British Dialect
- to handle roughly; dishevel.
- to struggle; tussle.
- a commotion; rumpus.
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
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.The Skipper and the Skipped
He gen'rally stirred up the most of his touse In hustling to save the outside of the house.The Book of Humorous Verse
Ned, my boy, just tumble sleepy-headed Charlie there out of his comfortable nap, and touse him into his waking senses again.The Farmer Boy, and How He Became Commander-In-Chief