Definitions starting with T

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tote

[Atlantic; cf. Kongo tota to pick up, kimbundu tuta to carry (Turner 1949:203) but also Anglo-Saxon totian to lift (Hancock 1969: 68); also US dial. ADD, but note new standard tote bag] v. 1. to carry: 1918 "I could go if you tote me." Say, "Well, jump on my back" (Par-sons 30). 1977 Quarry soil was toted to the working area (Albury 72). <Gen.>

2. [probably influenced semantically by CARRY idem] to take (a person) along: 1966 I tote you both with me sometime (Crowley 49). <Gen.>

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Last update: 2011-07-29 18:15
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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