tā‘iri

tā‘iri, (-a, -‘ia).

1. Fan, winnow, wave or flutter something in the air.

‘Auraka e tā‘iri i te repo ki runga iāia.
Don’t fan the dust over him;

Tā‘iria te a‘i kia mura.
Fan the fire into a blaze. Pera tāiri matangi, electric fan.

2. Make a concerted attack or effort on something.

‘Okota‘i rāi o matou tā‘iri‘anga i te kai, kua pou.
We all made our dive for the food and finished the lot;

Ko mātou kātoatoa i te tā‘iri‘anga i taua ‘anga‘angā ra.
We all set about the work in real earnest.

3. n. A fan.

‘Ōmai te tā‘iri kiāku, ‘e vera au.
Pass me the fan, I‘m hot;

Tē raranga tā‘irī ra ‘aia.
She is plaiting a fan;

Tai‘ria te reva kia kite mai.
Wave the flag for him to see. Tā‘iri rango, fly switch.
[Ce. *taa-firi.]

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