tī puta1

tī puta1 (-‘ia),

1. Pierce, puncture, perforate.

Kua tī puta ‘aia ki te tipi ē kua ta‘e te vai.
He pierced it with a knife and the water came out;

Tī puta‘ia ki te nira.
Puncture it with the needle.

2. Mention, suggest, broach a topic.

E tī puta atu koe i teia manako kiāia.
Pass this suggestion on to him;

E tī mata ‘ua koe i te tī puta atu, pēnei kā piri ‘aia.
Just see if you can mention it to him in case he would like to join.

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