patu1

patu1, (-a).

1. Strike, knock (with sudden sharp blow).

‘E a‘a koe i patu mai ei i tōku katu?
What did you crack me on the head for?;

Kua patu ‘aia i te namu i runga i te mokotua o te tamaiti.
He swatted the mosquito in the boy’s back;

Kua patu ‘aia i te re‘u o te ‘ava‘ava ki roto i te anga pārau.
He knocked the cigarette ash off into the pearl shell (ashtray).

2. Kill (pig or chicken) (Penrhyn dial., cf. Rar. ).

3. Thrash, administer a beating (Penrhyn dial., cf. Rar. pāpā, papaki).
(see patupatu1.)
[Pn. *patu1.]

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