noun, plural taws. Chiefly Scot.

  1. a whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top.
  2. a leather whip having its tip divided into smaller strips, used to punish schoolchildren.


  1. a choice or fancy marble used as a shooter.
  2. a game in which marbles are arranged in the center of a circle drawn or scratched on the ground, the object being to knock out as many as possible from the circle; ringer.
  3. Also taw line. the line from which the players shoot.

verb (used without object)

  1. to shoot a marble.

verb (used with object)

  1. to prepare or dress (some raw material) for use or further manipulation.
  2. to transform the skin of an animal into white leather by the application of minerals, emulsions, etc.
  3. Archaic. to flog; thrash.


  1. tav.


  1. the line from which the players shoot in marbles
  2. back to taws Australian informal back to the beginning
  3. a large marble used for shooting
  4. a game of marbles

verb (tr)

  1. to convert (skins) into white leather by treatment with mineral salts, such as alum and salt, rather than by normal tanning processes
  2. archaic, or dialect to flog; beat

v.“to prepare” (leather), from Old English tawian “to do, make,” from Proto-Germanic *tawojan (cf. Old Frisian tawa, Old Saxon toian, Middle Dutch tauwen, Dutch touwen, Old High German zouwen “to prepare,” Old High German zawen “to succeed,” Gothic taujan “to make, prepare”), probably related to the root of Old English tol “tool” (see tool).

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