Main definitions of tee in English

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tee1

noun

  • see T (sense 2)

Pronunciation

tee

/tiː/

Main definitions of tee in English

: tee1tee2tee3

tee2

noun

  • 1A cleared space on a golf course, from which the ball is struck at the beginning of play for each hole.

    ‘he smashes the ball off the 15th tee’
    as modifier ‘a tee shot’
    • ‘He has already taken his tee shot at the first hole and the injury is clearly hampering his swing.’
    • ‘Golf carts on the tee can make ruts in the ground that can be difficult for the ground staff to repair.’
    • ‘The last club I hit is the one I'm planning to use for my tee shot on the first hole of the day.’
    • ‘People who'd see us on the practice tee thought we were fighting.’
    • ‘With less than two weeks before the first tee shot is struck, the details remained sketchy.’
    • ‘He kept playing, but after hitting his tee shot on the sixth, he had to withdraw.’
    • ‘The way the course is set up can also place a premium on working the tee shot.’
    • ‘Golfers who hit their first tee shot out into the woods are not ecstatic about it.’
    • ‘The ground stretches away from an elevated tee towards a small lake.’
    • ‘Many times golf course tees and greens are constructed with materials such as calcareous sands that might require special testing.’
    • ‘His tee shot landed in the right-hand bunker and his first attempt at escape rolled back to his feet.’
    • ‘His first tee shot on Thursday went straight into the crowd.’
    • ‘Guests can also access their e-mail and even see, via a webcam, how busy the first tee on the golf course is.’
    • ‘To maximize the length of your tee shots, learn how to make contact with the ball on the upswing.’
    • ‘We are going to lengthen these two holes by adding new tees and repositioning the bunkers.’
    • ‘One summer, a friend of mine was talking with him near the upper tee on the third hole.’
    • ‘Suddenly on the third hole, you are forced you to hit a tee shot from one peninsular to another, and the water you were admiring becomes your most perilous obstacle.’
    • ‘Believe me, the game is a lot easier when your tee shots consistently find the short grass.’
    • ‘The 14-year-old, who is aiming to be a professional golfer, has a full-size practice green, including a choice of tees, five holes and even bunkers.’
    1. 1.1 A small peg with a concave head which can be placed in the ground to support a golf ball before it is struck from a tee.
      ‘I carry three tees in my pocket’
      • ‘You're probably better off experimenting with loft angles, low-spinning balls and longer tees to get the ideal trajectory.’
      • ‘I always brought along small cups of water to dampen the clay, so I could get a tee in the ground.’
      • ‘Eliot also selected a golf ball and, for good measure, a tee.’
      • ‘As he does so, two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the ground.’
      • ‘Stick a tee halfway into the ground and stand at address as if a ball were there.’
      • ‘Next, place a second tee in the ground six inches in front of the ball you've teed.’
      • ‘Too steep a swing path may often smash you tees into the ground.’
      • ‘First, put two tees in the ground - one where the ball would be and another six inches ahead of the first.’
      • ‘If you try to get the ball up with a scoop, you won't be able to get the tee out of the ground.’
      • ‘Place two tees in the ground about six inches apart, as shown above, with the one closer to you three inches closer to the target.’
      • ‘You can also assemble a basket of goodies; for example, if you know the prospect is a golfer, throw in some golf balls, a glove, tees, and a gift certificate for a local course.’
      • ‘Golf is more than knocking a ball off a tee and into a hole.’
      • ‘It was hard to bend over to put the tee in the ground, too, but I figured it out.’
      • ‘Stick another tee in the ground an inch beyond the toe and a third of an inch inside the heel.’
      • ‘Rick stuck the tee into the grass and set the golf ball on top.’
      • ‘Stick a tee into the ground on an angle, so that the top of it rests just behind the target side of the ball.’
      • ‘A good drill for the practice green is to lay down tees beyond the hole and putt to them.’
      • ‘Apparently, it is an easily seen landmark, as it looks like a giant golf ball sitting on an enormous tee.’
      • ‘For example; if the man you are sending flowers to is a golfer, your personal florist may want to add golf balls or tees to the arrangement.’
      • ‘In fact, take some popcorn to the practice tee and alternate hitting golf balls and pieces of popcorn.’
  • 2A mark aimed at in bowls, quoits, curling, and other similar games.

    • ‘Nowadays the curling 'tee' is the line through the centre of the 'house' in curling and is in fact the target not the release line, which is the 'hog' line.’
    • ‘Two men played two quoits each against each other throwing them a distance of 18 yards, in aiming the quoit he was assisted by a "leader in" who crouched behind the tee holding a piece of paper.’

verb

usually tee up" or "tee something up
Golf
  • 1no object Place the ball on a tee ready to make the first stroke of the round or hole.

    ‘the two teenagers will be teeing up for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup’
    with object ‘Jack teed the ball up’
    • ‘He then teed up his ball… and duck-hooked it right into the side of his own house.’
    • ‘The first came on the 204-yard 10th hole, when Jack teed up with his driver and hit his ball in the cup.’
    • ‘With the ball teed and using a 6-iron, hit practice shots while letting your arms go slack at the top and again on the finish.’
    • ‘Then Bob teed up his ball and aimed to the right, directly toward the trees that flanked the fairway.’
    • ‘Next, place a second tee in the ground six inches in front of the ball you've teed.’
    1. 1.1with object (especially in soccer) place or move the ball into position to be struck by another player.
      ‘Parkin teed up Smith to strike again’
      ‘Owen teed up the ball for Emile Heskey’
      • ‘Today there's an apple, a smug looking egg teed up in a cup.’
      • ‘Toward the cape, a shining white radar dome was teed up on top of the gumdrop mountain.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • tee off

    • 1Begin a round or hole of golf by playing the ball from a tee.

      ‘we spend ten minutes practising putting before we tee off’
      • ‘The day began early at the Royal Golf Course where competitors teed off.’
      • ‘Just as the two lady golfers teed off at the tenth hole, they heard a loud bang and saw the helicopter come down over the beach and fall on the rocks.’
      • ‘Batting in softball, teeing off in golf and hitting a forehand in tennis also require the type of muscle conditioning provided by this exercise.’
      • ‘Last Sunday morning 23 golfers teed off in a nine hole single stroke.’
      • ‘With a three-shot cushion, Tiger Woods tees off at the last hole - and sends his drive straight up the middle of the fairway.’
      sombre, low-spirited, downcast, sad, dejected, depressed, low, gloomy, despondent, dispirited, disheartened, forlorn, woebegone
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      1. 1.1informal Make a start on something.
        ‘in November, the Society teed off with their inaugural meeting’
        • ‘Let's tee off to a good start.’
  • tee someone off

    • Make someone angry or annoyed.

      ‘Tommy was really teed off at Ernie’
      • ‘One thing that really tees me off about the tournament, especially in the early rounds is you can't watch the game that you really want.’
      • ‘So I am teed off at Buster the bunny because this is all his fault.’
      • ‘I wasn't teed off I was exceedingly infuriated.’
      • ‘It was one of those things that tees you off, and I responded to that.’
      irate, annoyed, cross, vexed, irritated, exasperated, indignant, aggrieved, irked, piqued, displeased, provoked, galled, resentful
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Pronunciation

tee

/tiː/

Main definitions of tee in English

: tee1tee2tee3

tee3

noun

informal
  • A T-shirt.

    • ‘Anything from a simple tee to a dressy blouse will work as long as it's fitted and cropped at the waist for a smooth fit.’
    • ‘On any normal day, jeans and a tee would suit her fine.’
    • ‘He felt her hand on his chest, just above the neckline of his tee.’
    • ‘Her long black hair was pulled back in a neat pony tail, and her striped tee with khaki capris told me one thing - today would be an adventure.’
    • ‘The trendsetting active wear includes velour sweat suits, tees, shorts, tank dresses and jeans.’
    • ‘In concession to the October morning chill, she slipped a worn flannel shirt on over the tee.’
    • ‘Lighter tees and shorts are giving way to heavier long-sleeve sweaters and pants as we start to bundle up and gradually prepare for winter's grueling conditions.’
    • ‘The look that seemed to work the best with all big men was a button-down shirt left open with a coordinated tee underneath.’
    • ‘Call them T-shirts, tee shirts or tees, they're still hot sellers on the trendy fashion scene.’
    • ‘As with traditional tees, your best bet is cotton or even mesh.’
    • ‘Get a few pairs of nice, washed dark denim jeans, a stylish cut dark blazer or sportcoat, a few pinstripe dress shirts, some tees with prints, a pair of stylish black shoes, and a black belt.’
    • ‘He was wearing some faded jeans and a vintage tee with a hat.’
    • ‘Close-fitting tees and tanks with loose pants work best.’
    • ‘In addition to boards, the collection, which has a modern Japanese artsy look, includes hoodie sweatshirts, tees, tanks, and skating paraphernalia.’
    • ‘The layering of a chunky cardigan over a thin tee is just right and not too messy.’
    • ‘He wore baggy green pants and a flannel checkered shirt over a white tee.’
    • ‘I was running late one morning and quickly threw on a tee and capris.’
    • ‘I stepped out of the bathroom in light blue jeans, white tee, pale green over shirt, and socks.’
    • ‘A small logo on the chest or back of your tee is classy, subtle and will match the rest of your training gear.’
    • ‘The tee can be found virtually anywhere, at any department store or retail store.’

Pronunciation

tee

/tiː/