\ ˈtȯz How to pronounce tawse (audio) \
variants: or less commonly taws

Definition of tawse

: a leather strap slit into strips at the end and used especially for disciplining children

First Known Use of tawse

circa 1585, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tawse

probably from plural of obsolete taw tawed leather

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“Tawse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tawse. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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