Definitions

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  • n. An allowance to purchasers, for waste or refuse matter, of four pounds on every 104 pounds of suttle weight, or weight after the tare is deducted.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of treat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3d pers. sing. pres. of tread, for treadeth.
  • n. An allowance to purchasers, for waste or refuse matter, of four pounds on every 104 pounds of suttle weight, or weight after the tare deducted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In com., an allowance formerly made to purchasers of certain kinds of goods on account of their being obliged to transport their purchases.

Etymologies

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Probably by analogy with Germanic verbs such as meet, met.

Examples

  • Bees berri muhch cayrful, des kitteh es a tret to nashonal securty wif itz levl of kyootz.

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  • It is a labor to task the faculties of a man — such problems of profit and loss, of interest, of tare and tret, and gauging of all kinds in it, as demand a universal knowledge.

    Walden

  • When it comes to a question of tare and tret, false sentiment must be excluded.

    Erema

  • A Jew, once purchasing oil from a poor Arab, carried his villainy so far as actually to make his tare and tret weigh more than the skin-bag when full of oil, and coolly told the amazed Arab he had no money to give him for the value received.

    Travels in Morocco

  • We wondered why, but were too busy to tret about it.

    Operation Luna

  • 'Cos Ah foun' me a man - a real man, a simple, no-'count ole farmer that tret me like a man, an 'talked with me like a man!

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • But you know, he had a young black slave boy, just my age, and bright as a brass button - and I tell you, the way he tret that child would ha 'broke your heart!

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • "He tret the ainst, an 'I tret ten times or mair," Geordie was vehemently affirming to a sympathetic street.

    St. Cuthbert's

  • I'll warrant, Mr. Johnston, that not even you can catch him napping with a problem in tare and tret.

    The Mutineers

  • The original name had been, “When we are in the highest need,” but he changed the name by dictation now to “Before thy throne with this I come” (Vor deiner Thron tret ich hiemit).

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians

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