kō‘iti

kō‘iti, (-a, -‘ia).

1. Open something out (e.g. an umbrella), open out wide (e.g. the eyes).

Kua kō‘iti ‘a Tama i tōna tāmaru i te topa‘anga o te ua.
Tama opened his umbrella when the rain came down;

‘E tāmaru rā kō‘iti ngatā tēia.
This sunshade is difficult to open;

Kua kō‘iti ‘a Tere i tōku mata ma te pupu‘i i te repo.
Tere opened my eye wide and blew the bit of dirt out;

Kua kō‘iti ‘aere ‘aia i tōna mata ma te kata.
He opened his eyes wide (in a mocking grimace) and laughed.

2. Gouge (the eye) out.

Koiti akera i nga mata o Zedekia,
and put out the eyes of Zedekiah (2 Kings 25.7);

E te pekapeka na koe i toou mata katau, e koiti, e akaruke ke atu.
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee (Matt. 5.29).

3. Broach, raise, mention (a topic).

Nā‘au i kō‘iti mai i tē reira tuatua i ‘oki vave ei ‘aia.
It was because you brought that subject up that he left early;

Kā tupu te pekapeka mē kō‘itia tēnā tuatua ki te aronga ‘anga‘anga.
There will be trouble if it is mentioned to the men. [Ce. *koo-fiti1.]

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