kuku

kuku, (-a, -‘ia).

1. Gather, draw or bunch together, turn up or roll up (sleeves), ruck up, form a tight tangle (rope). Kua

kuku maira te aronga mataiapo tutara ra.
The chief elders were gathered together (Neh. 8.13);

ko tei kuku i te au rā katoa nei i te tamaki,
who are continuously gathered together for war (Ps. 140.2);

Kua kuku au i tōku vaevae piripou nō te varivari i te mataara.
I turned my trouser-legs up because the road was muddy;

kia oti tōna rimā pona i te kuku,
when he’d rolled his sleeves up;

Kua kuku te taura.
The rope is all tangled up.

2. Grab (the throat) and squeeze, throttle.

Kua kuku ‘aia i tōku kakī kia pukurena‘ia au.
He grabbed me by the throat in order to choke me;

Kua tautau tōna arero i te kuku‘anga te keikeiā i tōna kakī
. His tongue hung out when the thief squeezed him round the neck. (See kukukuku.) [Pn. *kuku1.]

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