[ toh-ee ]
/ ˈtoʊ i /
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a form of contract bridge for three players in which the players bid for the dummy hand after six of its cards have been turned up.



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Origin of towie

First recorded in 1930–35; origin unknown
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Example sentences from the Web for towie

  • Beth was alone in the dining-room eating bread and butter, and Towie, the cat, came into the room with a mouse in her mouth.

    The Beth Book|Sarah Grand
  • The mouse was alive, and Towie let it run a little way, and then pounced down upon it, then gave it a pat to make it run again.

    The Beth Book|Sarah Grand
  • I jist tuik the towie (string) into the bed wi' me, and whan the bairnie grat, I waukit, an' rockit it till 't fell asleep again.

    Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
  • At last Towie began to eat her mouse, beginning with its head, which it crushed.

    The Beth Book|Sarah Grand

British Dictionary definitions for towie

/ (ˈtəʊɪ) /


Australian informal a truck used for towing
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