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taparere

1. (verb) to be cut short, truncated, restricted, limited, constrained.

He aha te pai o te whakatupu i te kai kotahi, kia taparere ai ki te taewa anake, te kānga anake rānei? (TWMNT 21/3/1876:70). / What good is it in growing just one crop, so that you are restricted to only potatoes or only corn?
He mea tuhi taua pitihana ki te reo Pākehā, i tino taparere ki ngā kupu rōia (TWMNT 11/1/1879:233). / The petition was written in English, and was restricted to legal phraseology.

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Synonyms: tūpā, kōpiri, ārikarika, tapu, apiapi, rāhui


2. (modifier) sheer, steep, perpendicular, precipitous.

He ana nui kei raro i taua hiwi i te tatūnga iho o te pari taparere kei te taha moana (NIT 1995:85). / There is a large cave beneath the ridge at the base of the sheer cliff.

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Synonyms: torotika, poupou, poutū, kaha, hūkere, tāhekeheke, kānihinihi, kaninihi, ninihi, tūparipari


3. (noun) kapa haka formation with alternate rows standing in the gaps.

Ko te taparere: He rite ki te matua, engari he hohoko te tū o ia rārangi ki ngā āputa kei waenganui i ngā kaihaka i te rārangi o mua (RMR 2017). / The taparere formation: It's similar to the traditional formation, but the positions of each line alternate with the gaps between the performers in the line in front.

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