tī tau

tī tau, (-a, -‘ia). Strive hard, endeavour, make persistent efforts, persevere.

Kua tī tau ‘aia kia peke iāia te rē.
He strove hard to win the prize;

Kua tī tau‘ia taua puakā ra kia mou, nō te kai taro.
Every effort was made to catch that pig because it was eating taro;

Nō tāna tī tau putuputu i raukāi iāia taua tā‘ongā ra.
He got that position through constant determined effort;

Kāre i te ‘apinga tī tau nāna, ‘e mea ‘ōronga ‘ua‘ia mai.
He didn’t have to sweat (toil) for it, it was just given to him;

Ko te ‘apinga tī tau‘ia tēnā e te manu‘iri mē tae ki teia ‘enua.
It is an article which is in great demand among visitors to this country.

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