1. Fight (intr., as in a war, a fight, or tough competition), to quarrel or compete bitterly.
Kia roko‘ia atu rāua, tē tau‘ā‘ā ra.
They were fighting one another when they were overtaken;
I taua tau‘ā‘ā‘anga pukupukū ra i ‘inga ai rātou.
They were beaten in the mass attack;
‘E ngā tāngata tau‘ā‘ā putuputu.
Those two are always at each other’s throats;
E omai ana tetai tangata e taua ana maua.
Give me a man, that we may fight together (I Sam.17.10).
2. n. A fight, struggle.
Kua oti tā rāua tau‘ā‘ā, kua peke kiā Toma te rē.
They’ve finished fighting (or the contest), Toma won.