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tee zing

  • n  the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
  • n  playful vexation
    the parody was just a form of teasing
  • n  the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
  • v  annoy persistently
  • v  harass with persistent criticism or carping
  • v  to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them
    She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior
  • v  tear into pieces
  • v  raise the nap of (fabrics)
  • v  disentangle and raise the fibers of
  • v  separate the fibers of
  • v  mock or make fun of playfully
  • v  ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
  • s  playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
  • s  arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it
    her lazy teasing smile
  • s  causing irritation or annoyance
    a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him

  • All month long, Prime Minister Lester Pearson has been playing a teasing game with Canadians.
  • She endured the expected teasing over this indignity, but dutifully lugged the name through high school, apologizing for it each time she introduced herself in a new town.
  • But he seemed to shrug off the teasing, eating tofu and tempeh like all the other kids, playing soccer and picking guavas from the trees.
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