tāpiripiri, (-a, -‘ia), fq. tāpiri.
1. Press something close to.
Kua tāpiripiria tōna vaevae maki ki te vai anu.
Cold compresses were applied to his bad leg.
2. Fasten or join something, patch (hole), assemble (machinery).
Tei te tāpiripiri tī vaevae mātou.
We are sewing the pieces of patchwork together;
Kua taratara tākiri ‘aia i tōna pātikara ‘ē kua tāpiripiri ‘aka‘ou i te oti‘anga i te tāmā.
He stripped his bicycle down and reassembled it after he finished cleaning it;
Kua tāpiripiri koe i te au puta i te puāngiangi mōtokā?
Have you patched over the holes in the car’s inner tube?
3. Approach close to.
Kua tāpiripiri te ume ki te pae i te toka. The ume
(fish) tucked themselves close in by the rocks. Tāpiripiri mōrava, to play a kind of tig.
Tē tāpiripiri mōrava nei mātou.
We‘re playing tig.