A struggle, a skirmish. A corruption of tousle (German, zausen, to pull); hence a dog is named Towser (pull 'em
down). In the Winter's Tale (iv. 4.), Autolyeus says to the
Shepherd, “I toze from thee thy business” (pump or draw out
of thee). In Measure for Measure, Escalus says to the Duke, “We'll touze thee joint by joint” (v. 1.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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