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tease

  

      vb  
1    to annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer  
2    to arouse sexual desire in (someone) with no intention of satisfying it  
3    to vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp. by ridicule  
4    tr   to separate the fibres of; comb; card  
5    tr   to raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel  
6       another word (esp. U.S. and Canadian) for       backcomb  
7    tr   to loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc.) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument  
      n  
8    a person or thing that teases  
9    the act of teasing,   (See also)        tease out  
     (Old English tæsan; related to Old High German zeisan to pick)  
  teasing      adj  
  teasingly      adv  


tease out  
      vb   tr, adv   to extract (information) with difficulty  
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backcomb  
      vb   to comb the under layers of (the hair) towards the roots to give more bulk to a hairstyle,   (Also)    tease         


tease         
      vb  
1    to annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer  
2    to arouse sexual desire in (someone) with no intention of satisfying it  
3    to vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp. by ridicule  
4    tr   to separate the fibres of; comb; card  
5    tr   to raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel  
6       another word (esp. U.S. and Canadian) for       backcomb  
7    tr   to loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc.) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument  
      n  
8    a person or thing that teases  
9    the act of teasing,   (See also)        tease out  
     (Old English tæsan; related to Old High German zeisan to pick)  
  teasing      adj  
  teasingly      adv  
tease out  
      vb   tr, adv   to extract (information) with difficulty  

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tease

  
  
aggravate     (informal)   annoy, badger, bait, bedevil, bother, chaff, gibe, goad, guy     (informal)   lead on, mock, needle     (informal)   pester, plague     (informal)   provoke, pull someone's leg     (informal)   rag, rib     (informal)   ridicule, take the mickey     (informal)   take the piss (out of)     (taboo slang)   tantalize, taunt, torment, twit, vex, wind up     (Brit. slang)   worry  

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n.
1:to utter taunting words 2:to deride or tease with taunting words 'The Gridiron Show group joked with and gibed at those in the Memphis power structure, politicians mostly. Rarely did anyone get their feelings hurt by the skits in the shows…." — Toby Sells, Memphis Magazine, December 2014
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