totō, (-a, -‘ia), fq., intens. tō5.
1. Pull, haul, drag.
E totō i te vaka ki roto i te tai.
Drag the canoe down into the sea;
Kua totō rāi ‘aia ki tāna tika.
He stuck up for his rights.
2. Draw in a gasping breath.
Kua totō ‘aia i tōna ‘akaea.
He took in a long gasping breath. Mare totō, whooping cough.
Kua tū ‘aia i te mare totō.
He’s got whooping cough.
3. Drag (e.g. a song).
‘Auraka e totō i te ‘ī mene.
Don’t drag the song.
4. A method of netting fish by dragging net along shallows near beach.
‘E totō tā rātou tautai.
They are fishing by the
method. Totō taura, tug of war.
Kua oti te totō taura.
The tug of war is over.