tī pūpū, (-a, -‘ia), fq. tī pū.
1. Cut, slice, chop, sever.
‘Auraka e tī pūpū i te pākiri o te rākau.
Don’t keep cutting the bark of the tree. Mātipi tī pūpū puakatoro, butcher’s knife. Mātipi tī pūpū varāoa, breadknife.
2. Exclude, reject.
Kua tī pūpūa te aronga kino i te tu‘epōro.
The poor rugby players were dropped;
Ko te aronga kino ‘ua tei manako‘ia nō te tī pūpū.
It was decided that the poor (players) should be dropped.
3. Interrupt, cut in.
‘Auraka koe e tī pūpū i tōna manako, e tiaki ki tō‘ou taime tuatua.
Don’t keep interrupting what he is saying, wait till it is your turn to speak;
‘E tangata tī pūpū tuatua koe i roto i te ‘uipā‘anga.
You constantly make interruptions in the course of the meetings.