tāngaro

tāngaro, (-a, -‘ia). Cause to disappear, rub right out, obliterate, lose something; hide something away; complete (planting a piece of ground); interrupt what is being said so as to make speaker lose the thread of what he is saying.

E tāngaro koe i te nūmero ono.
Rub out the figure six;

‘Auraka e tāngaro i te tuatua ‘akakite.
Don’t rub the notice off;

Nāringa koe kāre i tāngaro i te moni.
If only you hadn’t lost the money;

Kua tāngaroa e Timi tōna piriaro ki ta‘atai.
Timi has lost his singlet on the beach;

E tāngaro koe i tēnā ko‘u, ‘auraka rava kia kitea.
Hide that parcel, don’t ever let it be seen;

E ‘aere koe e tāngaro i tā tātou one ‘aratita.
Go and finish off the planting of our peanut plot;

‘Auraka koe e tāngaro mai i tāku tuatua.
Don’t make me lose the thread of what I‘m saying.

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