tango, (-a, -‘ia).
1. Hold something or sbdy fast, grab or catch hold, apprehend.
E tango koe iāia kia arumaki au iā Tiko.
You hold on to him and I‘ll chase Tiko;
E tango ake koe i taku pare.
Hold on to my hat a minute;
Inapō taua keiā i tangoāi.
The thief was caught last night;
Ka ‘aere ‘a Ru‘i mā ki te tango patito.
Ru‘i and her friends are going out collecting sea-snails.
2. n. Carrying stringer on a canoe.
3. v.t. Shore up, prop up.
E tango i te au pū meika ‘arara ki te rākau.
Prop the banana trees which are leaning over up on poles;
E tango koe i tēnā pi‘a, kā ‘inga.
Prop that box up, its going to topple.
4. n. Foundations (of building), joist, beam support, floor prop, support pedestal.
Tē tuku nei mātou i te tango o te ‘are.
We are laying the foundations of the house;
te tango o te poupou,
the pedestal of the pillar.