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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Chiefly Scots A whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top.
  • n.pl. 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of tawse.
  • n. Plural form of taw.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of taw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leather lash, or other instrument of punishment, used by a schoolmaster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leather strap, usually with a slit or fringe-like end, used as an instrument of punishment by schoolmasters and others.

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From taw1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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