~tobo2 press ‹s.th., s.o.› with finger or longish object (stick+); poke [...]

Part of Speech verb, transitive
Phonetic Form (i·)toᵐbo
    • press ‹s.th., s.o.› with finger or longish object (stick+); poke ‹s.th., s.o.›
    • pierce a hole in ‹s.th.›
      • Example 2318:
        Ka li-tobo ñe tamate pe ka mata mwaliko i-ke me i-romo.
        They've made holes in the Tamate masks, so that (the dancer) can see through.
      • Example 2477:
        I-tobo tanoe pon i-vene.
        It made a hole from below the ground, and came out of it.
    • hook ‹bait› on fish hook
    • Sense Comment esp
      • Example 2478:
        Kape le-tobo ñe kangele teuko ono me le-mede ñe namuko.
        We'll hook it on your hook, to attract fish.

Related entries

  • Heterosemes:
    • ~tobo1 poke out, break through, in the form of a longish object
    • ~tobo3 wave or raise o.'s finger (at s.th., ñe) / use o.'s finger to measure the length (of s.th., ñe); hence measure / indicate, signal (s.th., ñe)
  • See also:
    • ~woi stick ‹long object: knife+› into s.th.; thrust, drive in / plant ‹manioc+› into the ground / put up, erect ‹post+› by sticking it in ground / bang ‹body part› with a shock / bang ‹heavy object› with a noise
    • ~wete violently push a long, hard object into ‹s.o., s.th.›: pierce, spear, stab, pound+ / spear ‹fish+› / shoot ‹s.o., s.th.› with arrow / pound ‹s.o., s.th.› with the end of a long stick, or any similar implement / drive ‹digging stick, ekuo› into the ground, to soften it when planting tubers / dig out ‹swamp taro, vivilo› by driving a digging stick into the ground; hence harvest / pound ‹taros, almonds+› in a bowl, using a long and heavy pestle / grind ‹kava+› using a longish coral stone or a pestle / pin ‹clothes, leaves+› using a needle or a small pointed stick