‘i‘ī3

‘i‘ī3, v.i.

1. Strike (luck, gold, fish), encounter.

Kua ‘i‘ī ‘aia ki te manuia.
He struck lucky, he had good luck;

Kua tupu te pekapeka i tō rātou ‘i‘ī‘anga ki te ‘auro.
Trouble started when they struck gold;

I tō rātou ‘i‘ī‘anga ki te ika, kua tā‘ei rātou.
When they found fish they netted them;

Mē ‘i‘ī koe ki te arā pō i te tautai, ka rauka tā‘au ika.
If you hit on the right phase of the moon when you go fishing, you catch plenty.

2. Catch on

(ki runga i)
a snag, entangle.

Kua ‘i‘ī te matau ki runga i te kāoa.
The hook snagged on a coral rock;

Kia matakite, ko te ‘i‘ī mai tēnā manamanatā ki runga iā koe.
Be careful or you‘ll get involved in the trouble.
(See ‘ī‘ī5.)

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