tease


tease
tease1 [ti:z] v
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1¦(laugh)¦
2¦(annoy an animal)¦
3¦(sex)¦
4¦(hair)¦
Phrasal verbs
 tease something<=>out
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[: Old English; Origin: tAsan]
1.) ¦(LAUGH)¦ [I and T]
to laugh at someone and make jokes in order to have fun by embarrassing them, either in a friendly way or in an unkind way
Don't get upset. I was only teasing .
He used to tease her mercilessly .
tease sb about sth
She used to tease me about my hair.
2.) ¦(ANNOY AN ANIMAL)¦ [T]
to deliberately annoy an animal
Stop teasing the cat!
3.) ¦(SEX)¦ [I and T]
to deliberately make someone sexually excited without intending to have sex with them, in a way that seems unkind
4.) ¦(HAIR)¦ [T]
AmE to comb your hair in the opposite direction to which it grows, so that it looks thicker
British Equivalent: backcomb
tease out [tease sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to succeed in learning information that is hidden, or that someone does not want to tell you
tease something<=>out of
I finally managed to tease the truth out of her.
2.) to gently move hairs or threads that are stuck together so that they become loose or straight again
She combed her hair, gently teasing out the knots.
tease 2
tease2 n informal
1.) someone who enjoys making jokes at people, and embarrassing them, especially in a friendly way
Don't take any notice of Joe - he's a big tease.
2.) something that you say or do as a joke, to tease someone
I'm sorry, it was only a tease.
3.) someone who deliberately makes you sexually excited, but has no intention of having sex with you

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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