1. a leather strap for punishing children
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How To Use tawse In A Sentence

  • He ran a long way, until finding that he had not been detected, he skirted a small wood, dug a hole in the soft moss, put in the "tawse," and covered them up. The Underworld The Story of Robert Sinclair, Miner
  • Also known as a “split paddle,” a tawse is a wide leather strap split into strips at the end light to intense. Come Hither
  • The use of the tawse, a then popular and widely accepted form of punishment in Scottish schools, did not infringe the European Convention.
  • The conclusion was that the Court, without actually deciding whether the use of the tawse would contravene Art. 3, held that the threat of its use did not do so.
  • The strips had been hardened in the fire, and the 'tawse' was a holy horror to the boys, who saw it often and were threatened with it sometimes, but who had felt it never. Despair's Last Journey
  • It was a frosty morning, and ye waylaid the maister on his way to the school, and the tawse were nippier than ordinar 'that mornin'. Bog-Myrtle and Peat Tales Chiefly of Galloway Gathered from the Years 1889 to 1895
  • The Hootsmon has not shrunk from criticising the Scottish education system and - from time to time - has taken a tawse to its naked hurdies.
  • The school deserves praise for its initiative, and it's a far better means of improving behaviour than thrashing unruly children with the tawse.
  • The thong is the familiar "tawse" of schools north of the Border. Roman life in the days of Cicero
  • A design variation on the tawse is a “devil’s hand” moderate to intense, which is a leather paddle cut to resemble a three-fingered hand. Come Hither
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