Tawse meaning

tôz
A whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top.
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A leather whip divided at the end into strips, formerly used to punish children.
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A leather thong split into strips at the end, used as a whip.
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(chiefly Scotland) A leather strap or thong which is split into (typically three) tails, used for corporal punishment in schools, applied to the palm of the hands or buttocks.
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Origin of tawse

  • From taw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Apparently a plural form of taw, though attested earlier.

    From Wiktionary