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Definition of "taws" [taws]

  • Chiefly Scots A whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top. (noun-plural)
  • Chiefly Scots A leather whip divided at the end into strips, formerly used to punish children: "Solider Aristotle played the taws/Upon the bottom of a king of kings” ( William Butler Yeats). (noun-plural)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "taws" in a sentence
  • "Their heads were not the heads of geese but of women artificially painted and with so-called taws, or marbles, for their eyes."
  • "The master's "taws" were a wholesome deterrent of persistent or mistaken trapping; and, in addition, the trapped boys sometimes rectified matters at the back of the school at the play-hour, when fists became a high court of appeal and review."
  • "Plz tew nawt punt, kik, hit wif sportz ekqipmint, frow, pich, taws, or udurwaiz treet liek regulur bawl."