Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To tear or pull apart; rend.
  • To tease; comb.
  • To harass; worry; plague.
  • To pull about; handle roughly or carelessly; hence, to rumple; dishevel; tousle.
  • To bustle; exert one's self vigorously; struggle.
  • noun A pull; a haul; a seizure; a disturbance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. A pulling; a disturbance.
  • verb Prov. Eng. To pull; to haul; to tear; to worry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to pull to pieces
  • noun a noisy disturbance

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  • While in cavalcade, with band and blade,

    Came Marshals, Princes, Kings;

    And the town was theirs…. Ay, as simple maid,

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    And her touse of the tambourine!

    - Thomas Hardy, 'Leipzig'.

    September 18, 2009