vavao

vavao, (-a, -‘ia). Separate combatants, break up a fight.

Kia kite atu ‘aia iā Tā rāua ko ‘Ina i te tā‘anga, kua ‘aere viviki atu ‘aia ē kua vavao.
When he saw Tā and ‘Ina fighting, he hurried up and separated them;

Kua pakia tēta‘i au ‘akavā i te vavao‘anga i te tā.
Some of the police were hurt breaking up the fight;

Kāre e rauka iāku i te vavao, ‘e toko ra‘i ‘oki rātou.
I couldn’t break them up, there were altogether too many.
[Np. *wawao.]

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