Main definitions of tee in English

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tee1

Pronunciation /tē/ /ti/

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noun

  • 1The letter T, or a shape like that of a capital T.

  • 2informal A T-shirt.

Phrases

    to a tee
    informal
    • Exactly; to perfection.

      • ‘the producers copied the UK formula to a tee’
      • ‘the owners followed our recommendations to a tee and the house was clean, bright and immaculate’

Origin

Early 17th century from the pronunciation of T.

Main definitions of tee in English

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tee2

Pronunciation /tē/ /ti/

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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’
    • ‘a tee shot’
    • ‘Many times golf course tees and greens are constructed with materials such as calcareous sands that might require special testing.’
    • ‘The last club I hit is the one I'm planning to use for my tee shot on the first hole of the day.’
    • ‘He has already taken his tee shot at the first hole and the injury is clearly hampering his swing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Guests can also access their e-mail and even see, via a webcam, how busy the first tee on the golf course is.’
    • ‘One summer, a friend of mine was talking with him near the upper tee on the third hole.’
    • ‘His tee shot landed in the right-hand bunker and his first attempt at escape rolled back to his feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Golfers who hit their first tee shot out into the woods are not ecstatic about it.’
    • ‘With less than two weeks before the first tee shot is struck, the details remained sketchy.’
    • ‘His first tee shot on Thursday went straight into the crowd.’
    • ‘People who'd see us on the practice tee thought we were fighting.’
    • ‘One summer, a friend of mine was talking with him near the upper tee on the third hole.’
    • ‘Golf carts on the tee can make ruts in the ground that can be difficult for the ground staff to repair.’
    • ‘The ground stretches away from an elevated tee towards a small lake.’
    1. 1.1A small peg with a concave head that can be placed in the ground to support a golf ball before it is struck.
      ‘I carry three tees in my pocket’
      • ‘Stick a tee into the ground on an angle, so that the top of it rests just behind the target side of the ball.’
      • ‘Stick a tee halfway into the ground and stand at address as if a ball were there.’
      • ‘In fact, take some popcorn to the practice tee and alternate hitting golf balls and pieces of popcorn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was hard to bend over to put the tee in the ground, too, but I figured it out.’
      • ‘I always brought along small cups of water to dampen the clay, so I could get a tee in the ground.’
      • ‘If you try to get the ball up with a scoop, you won't be able to get the tee out of the ground.’
      • ‘Stick another tee in the ground an inch beyond the toe and a third of an inch inside the heel.’
      • ‘First, put two tees in the ground - one where the ball would be and another six inches ahead of the first.’
      • ‘Next, place a second tee in the ground six inches in front of the ball you've teed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Too steep a swing path may often smash you tees into the ground.’
      • ‘Rick stuck the tee into the grass and set the golf ball on top.’
      • ‘As he does so, two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the ground.’
      • ‘Eliot also selected a golf ball and, for good measure, a tee.’
      • ‘Apparently, it is an easily seen landmark, as it looks like a giant golf ball sitting on an enormous tee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You're probably better off experimenting with loft angles, low-spinning balls and longer tees to get the ideal trajectory.’
      • ‘A good drill for the practice green is to lay down tees beyond the hole and putt to them.’
    2. 1.2American Football A small stand on which the ball is placed for a kickoff.
      ‘The "kickoff kid" is responsible for removing the tee from the field after each Broncos kickoff.’
      • ‘Utilization of the football tee will facilitate kickoff practice.’
      • ‘This football tee is weighted for stability.’
    3. 1.3US A waist-high or higher stand used in tee-ball to hold a baseball before it is hit with a bat.
      ‘The batting tee should be situated about 3 feet behind home plate.’
      • ‘This is a nice practice batting tee for little kids.’
      • ‘When using a conventional batting tee, players tend to lunge forward, on top of their front leg.’
  • 2A mark aimed at in lawn bowling, 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.’

transitive verbtees, teeing, teed

[with object]Golf
  • Place the ball on a tee ready to make the first stroke of the round or hole.

    ‘she fished in her pocket for a ball and teed it’
    • ‘The first came on the 204-yard 10th hole, when Jack teed up with his driver and hit his ball in the cup.’
    • ‘He then teed up his ball… and duck-hooked it right into the side of his own house.’
    • ‘Then Bob teed up his ball and aimed to the right, directly toward the trees that flanked the fairway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next, place a second tee in the ground six inches in front of the ball you've teed.’

Phrasal Verbs

    tee up
    • 1Golf
      Place the ball on a tee ready to make the first stroke of the round or hole.

      ‘he had not missed a par as he teed up for the last hole’
      • ‘Jack teed the ball up’
      1. 1.1(especially in soccer) place or move the ball into position to be struck.
        ‘he teed up the ball for a shot on goal’
        • ‘Toward the cape, a shining white radar dome was teed up on top of the gumdrop mountain.’
        • ‘Today there's an apple, a smug looking egg teed up in a cup.’
    tee off
    • 1Begin a round or hole of golf by playing the ball from a tee.

      ‘we spend ten minutes practicing putting before we tee off’
      • ‘With a three-shot cushion, Tiger Woods tees off at the last hole - and sends his drive straight up the middle of the fairway.’
      • ‘The day began early at the Royal Golf Course where competitors teed off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
    • 2tee someone off, tee off someoneNorth American informal Make someone angry or annoyed.

      • ‘their attitude really teed me off’
      • ‘Tommy was really teed off at Ernie’
      • ‘It was one of those things that tees you off, and I responded to that.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 3tee off on someone or somethingUS informal Sharply attack someone or something.

      • ‘he will tee off on conservative politicians’
      • ‘Chang teed off on his opponent's serve’
      • ‘And that was mainly due to a terrible cut over his eye that hindered his vision while Colin teed off on him.’
      • ‘If you're off by a hair, the batter will tee off on you.’
      • ‘Andrew and Mickey are teeing off on John.’
      • ‘There is one reason to tee off on her friends, and that's when they do the jealous stab in the back.’
      • ‘That includes criticism from the Red Sox, who took turns teeing off on him earlier this spring.’
      • ‘After reading this quote, I teed off on Smith, believing his words to be at odds with what's on screen in his new motion picture.’
      • ‘The more efficient the running game is, the better the pass protection becomes, because the defense can't tee off on Carr.’
      • ‘Without Hambrick being effective, the Panthers will tee off on Carter.’
      • ‘Norton's jab proved difficult for Ali to penetrate and his pressing style never allowed Ali to tee off on Norton.’
      • ‘Unless they fix their running game, Julian and Co will tee off on Maddox.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (originally Scots, as teaz): of unknown origin. tee (sense 2 of the noun) is perhaps the same word as tee.