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takirua Play

1. (verb) in twos, double.

Kia takirua hoki ngā hiriwa e maua atu i roto i ō koutou ringa (PT Kenehi 43:12). / And take double money in your hands.


2. (modifier) in pairs.

Mārama tonu te takoto o ngā kōrero a Takaanui, kāre kau ngā waka i haere 'tāruru' mai i Hawaiki, engari he wehe takirua, takitoru kē tō rātau wehenga mai (TTR 1996:198). / Takaanui's accounts make it quite clear that various canoes did not depart as a 'fleet' from Hawaiki, but they left in groups of two or three.


3. (noun) pair, twosome, duo, couple, duet.

Ki te kaha tētahi i a ia kotahi nei, ka māia te tokorua ki a ia; e kore hoki te aho takitoru e motu wawe (PT Te Kaikauwhau 4:12). / And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.


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