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tītakataka

1. (verb) to turn over and over, move about irregularly, wobble, flit about.

Nā, kia mōhio tātou, ko ngā tīwaiwaka e tītakataka nei ka hura rā hoki ngā hukumaro ki runga, ka riro ko te upoko ki raro (TTT 1/10/1929:1086). / Now, we should know that fantails flit about opening their tail feathers up and with their head going down.

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Synonyms: hūkokikoki, tītaka


2. (verb) to be indecisive, wavering, vacillating, uncertain, dithering, in a quandary, in a dilemma.

E tuhi ana ahau ki ngā tāngata kei te tītakataka ngā whakaaro hei whakatau i ō rātou ngākau (TP 1/9/1899:2). / I am writing to the people who are in a quandary to set their minds at rest.

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3. (verb) to prepare, organise, plan, put things in order.

Kāore i roa i muri mai, kua nekehia au ki tētahi wāhi kē, kua tītakataka mō te hoki ki te kāinga, ki Nūhaka (HP 1991:221). / Not long after that I was transfered to another place in preparation for the return home to Nūhaka.

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Synonyms: whakarite, whakahaere, whakatakoto, kaupapa, tikanga, tātai, whakangārahu, mahere, whakamahere, hoahoa, pēwheatanga, take, whakakaupapa, whakatakotoranga, whakaaro, rahurahu, raweke, whakaute, takataka, whakareri, whakatau, whakatikatika, whakatakatū, takatū, whakatakataka, whakatika, pātā, whakapai, whakataka, rāwekeweke


4. (noun) fantail, Rhipidura fuliginosa - a small, friendly, insect-eating bird of the bush and domestic gardens which has a distinctive tail resembling a spread fan.

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