tango

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.
[Pn. *ta”o.]

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