tī paopao

tī paopao, (-a, -‘ia). Bit by bit, a little at a time, here and there, spasmodically only.

Kua kai tī paopao ‘aia i te varāoa.
He took little nibbles here and there at the slice of bread;

Kua riri ‘aia nō te tī paopao i tōna katu i te pākoti‘anga‘ia.
He was annoyed because his hair was cut jaggedly;

Kua tī paopao te kūmara i te kiriti‘anga‘ia.
The kumara had been pulled up here and there;

‘Auraka e tī paopao i tā‘au ‘anga‘anga.
Don’t do your work in fits and starts.

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