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taws  audio  (tôz) KEY 

pl.n.
Chiefly Scots
  1. A whip or leather thong used to drive a spinning top.
  2. A leather whip divided at the end into strips, formerly used to punish children: "Solider Aristotle played the taws/Upon the bottom of a king of kings" (William Butler Yeats).

ETYMOLOGY:
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