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.
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.
As is going back to taws and re-reading the oryginal.
Each of them had given him some little present of the best that he had, and his small private box was full of peg-taps, white marbles (called "alley-taws" in the Vale), screws, birds 'eggs, whip-cord, jews-harps, and other miscellaneous boys' wealth.
He may also strive to place his adversaries 'taws within the inner ring, and to be careful in striking planets that they fall into the orbits where the forfeitures are small.
If I had seen our good Bishop White playing at taws, I could not have been more overcome, and I dare say my face may have shown it, for, glancing at me, he said demurely, "Thee has seen in thy lifetime how hard it is to get rid of what thee liked in thy days of boyhood."
Come, Grainier, a little pity! be generous in thy turn; taws she that showed thee the way.
"And we make taws and whips out of his thick hide to correct little boys, if they have too much to say sometimes," remarked Fil's father, who winked at me, showing that his words were more severe than were his intentions or acts.
Indeed, bearing in mind the date of it, and the very active and zealous part played by rod and taws in those days – in educational establishments dedicated to little girls hardly less than in those dedicated to their brothers – we may feel certain that it was crossed by a good many discomforts, which in maturer years we should be apt to describe as tolerably full-grown sufferings.