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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tease
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
only
▪ Torches were again put to the kindling but the fire only teased the victim's feet and ankles.
▪ Guns killed you for sure, but maybe I was only teasing him about the milk.
▪ I was only teasing you because I thought you were just like the rest of them.
out
▪ It forces them to tease out information from inanimate objects.
▪ So it can be hard to tease out the effect of the mouse alone.
▪ To tease out their effects, I will begin by briefly outlining the procedural and organisational framework intended to promote interagency co-operation.
▪ Unspoken assumptions were teased out in corporations and examined.
▪ Suddenly, it becomes possible for the computer to tease out from the most incompetent practitioner his own masterpiece.
▪ Yet it s a one-joke play that teases out its central idea to the point of nervous exhaustion.
▪ Later, he hopes to be able to tease out information about the strength of heartbeats, too.
▪ They do nothing to break up the food into easily swallowed gobbets or to tease out the hard inedible bits.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Brad was one of the kids who used to tease me at school.
▪ Don't get upset, Stuart, she's only teasing.
▪ Donna's only interested in teasing guys.
▪ I didn't mean to make you mad; I was only teasing.
▪ Kevin's always teasing me about my cooking.
▪ Sam's sisters used to tease him because he was overweight.
▪ The dog's going to bite you if you don't stop teasing it.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And when they stopped begging, he would tease them.
▪ But he felt bad about teasing her.
▪ He teased her by trying to feed her chocolate profiteroles.
▪ I tease him about his prejudice.
▪ I knew Katie would tease me later about being a baby but I didn't care.
▪ There is another physical law that teases me, too: the Doppler Effect.
▪ They always do that, the saucy wenches, they like to tease and make me beg for them to come back.
II.noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Erin's such a big tease.
▪ The movie preview should be a tease of what is to follow.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As one increasingly explicit act followed another, it became clear that the emphasis is on strip rather than tease.
▪ But exhilaration is like any other high, a tease, a trick.
▪ By definition, a tease lasts about ten seconds or less and the information it contains works like a headline.
▪ The tease is designed to be very effective, very quickly.
▪ What a tease life was, to be sure!
▪ What had happened in the kitchen was a calculated wooing, tease, flirtation, safely outrageous.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tease

Tease \Tease\, n. One who teases or plagues. [Colloq.]

Tease

Tease \Tease\ (t[=e]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Teased; p. pr. & vb. n. Teasing.] [AS. t?san to pluck, tease; akin to OD. teesen, MHG. zeisen, Dan. t[ae]se, t[ae]sse. [root]58. Cf. Touse.]

  1. To comb or card, as wool or flax. ``Teasing matted wool.''
    --Wordsworth.

  2. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.

  3. (Anat.) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.

  4. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague.
    --Cowper.

    He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.
    --Macaulay.

    Syn: To vex; harass: annoy; disturb; irritate; plague; torment; mortify; tantalize; chagrin.

    Usage: Tease, Vex. To tease is literally to pull or scratch, and implies a prolonged annoyance in respect to little things, which is often more irritating, and harder to bear, than severe pain. Vex meant originally to seize and bear away hither and thither, and hence, to disturb; as, to vex the ocean with storms. This sense of the term now rarely occurs; but vex is still a stronger word than tease, denoting the disturbance or anger created by minor provocations, losses, disappointments, etc. We are teased by the buzzing of a fly in our eyes; we are vexed by the carelessness or stupidity of our servants.

    Not by the force of carnal reason, But indefatigable teasing.
    --Hudibras.

    In disappointments, where the affections have been strongly placed, and the expectations sanguine, particularly where the agency of others is concerned, sorrow may degenerate into vexation and chagrin.
    --Cogan.

    Tease tenon (Joinery), a long tenon at the top of a post to receive two beams crossing each other one above the other.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
tease

formerly also teaze, Old English tæsan "pluck, pull, tear; pull apart, comb" (fibers of wool, flax, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *taisijan (cognates: Danish tæse, Middle Dutch tesen, Dutch tezen "to draw, pull, scratch," Old High German zeisan "to tease, pick wool").\n

\nThe original sense is of running thorns through wool or flax to separate, shred, or card the fibers. The figurative sense of "vex, worry, annoy" (sometimes done in good humor) emerged 1610s. For similar sense development, compare heckle. Hairdressing sense is recorded from 1957. Related: Teased; teasing; teasingly.

tease

1690s, "act of teasing," from tease (v.). Meaning "one who teases" is from 1852. Specifically as short for cock-teaser, it was in use by 1976.

Wiktionary
tease

n. 1 One who teases. 2 A single act of teasing. 3 A cock tease; an exotic dancer; a stripper. vb. 1 To separate the fibres of a fibrous material. 2 To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction. 3 To back-comb. 4 To poke fun at. 5 To provoke or disturb; to annoy. 6 To entice, to tempt.

WordNet
tease
  1. v. annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer" [syn: badger, pester, bug, beleaguer]

  2. harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie" [syn: razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride]

  3. to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them; "The advertisement is intended to tease the customers"; "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"

  4. tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"

  5. raise the nap of (fabrics)

  6. disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool" [syn: tease apart, loosen]

  7. separate the fibers of; "tease wool" [syn: card]

  8. mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"

  9. ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect [syn: fluff]

tease
  1. n. someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity) [syn: teaser, annoyer, vexer]

  2. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men [syn: coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, prickteaser]

  3. the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances; "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent" [syn: teasing, ribbing]

Wikipedia
Tease

Tease may refer to:

  • Teasing
  • Tease (EP) by Piano Overlord
  • Tease (TV series), a U.S. TV series presented by Lisa Rinna
Tease (EP)

Tease was a limited edition EP by Piano Overlord.

Tease (TV series)

Actress Lisa Rinna is the host of Oxygen Network's Tease, airing since 2007. Known to television audiences from her starring roles on Dancing with the Stars, Soap Talk, Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives, Emmy-nominated Rinna is also recognizable for her signature layered hairstyle. Each Tease episode features two up-and-coming hair stylists as they face-off in an exciting Olympics-style tournament.

The aspiring stylists put their skills to the tress test in front of a panel of expert judges: hairstylist Peter Ishkhans, model Roshumba Williams and agent Frank Moore. The aspiring stylists compete for a chance at the supreme challenge – a one-on-one battle with one of three high-profile master stylists, Clyde Haygood, Stephanie Hobgood and Kim Vo. Should the aspiring stylist surpass the expertise of a hair pro, his or her photo is hung on the Tease hair wall of fame and he or she receives the “silver scissors”, the crowning symbol of a styling victory.

Each episode includes a themed timed challenge designed to push the stylists’ skills to the limit. The challenges in the 2007 season include:

Ep#1 Celeb Look-alike
Ep#2 Long to Short
Ep#3 Blondes Have More Fun
Ep#4 Identical Twins
Ep#5 Rock n' Roll Hair
Ep#6 Avant Garde

Tease is executive produced by Michael Yudin for MY Entertainment ( King of Vegas, and Pros vs. Joes) and Brian Gadinsky for G Group (American Idol Season One, American Gladiators, and America’s Most Wanted).

Usage examples of "tease".

Her soft laughter was inviting, a sultry siren teasing him with the sexual allure of her voice.

The thrill of finding an allusion, of locating the precise source of a teasing echo, of suddenly catching an obscure pun or seeing what should have been an obvious joke makes the reader alert, curious, eager to find new puzzles to solve.

She smiled in anticipation, but tonight she would tease the singer until she begged.

Others, he was as happy to tease me, take care of me remotely via analog transmission.

Yes--the very same teasing, now moody, now reckless, always astute Johnny Dromore, with a good heart beneath an outside that seemed ashamed of it.

Gaby smiled, remembering how, just recently, her father had teased her about how hard it was going to be to try to find a wedding gown with a blankie pouch.

Ahead of Michaelmas were storage cubes, work surfaces, instrumentation panels, sterile racks of teasing needles, forceps and scalpels, microtomes, a bank of micromanipulative devices all shrouded beneath transparent flexible dust hoods or safe behind glassy panels.

Marilyn teased and gave Milah a low-five as the two of them had a good laugh.

Her thighs fell open helplessly under his ministrations, allowing him free rein, and he took full advantage, his mouth and hands stroking and caressing, delving and withdrawing, wickedly teasing until she was gasping and writhing and moaning his name.

It is a misapplication of his powers, which it also cripples, and teases away his hearers.

She turned her head and looked at Richard, convinced that she had either misheard him, or that he was teasing her out of her dissatisfaction.

His hand slid down her body to the soft hair of her mons, then further, parting her nether lips to tease her waiting clit.

She thought of his finger reaching inside her, his mouth teasing her breast, and she pulled the blanket over her face with a mortified groan.

It remained out of sight, teasing me like the first phosphene hints of a migraine.

She was promising trouble with every inch of her body, from that gleam in her eyes and that pouty little smile on her lips to the way one hand teased at the neck of her dress.