Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

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

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.

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  • 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).

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