- Topple, fall over (not drop, cf. topa), lean over, slant. Kua inga te rakau ki runga i te are e kua ngaangaa te are. The tree fell onto the house and smashed it; Kua ingaia aia e te poupou. The pole toppled over on top of him; I inga toku are i te matangi. My house was overthrown by the wind; Kua ki tona kakau i te vari i tona ingaanga. He got his clothes covered with mud when he fell over; Kua inga roa taau tata, akatuia ake tetai manga. Your writing slants too much, make it a bit more upright; taua rakau inga ra, that falling (or leaning) tree.
- Fail, lose (in a contest). Kua inga aia i tana tarere. He failed in his exams; Kua inga to matou pupu. Our team lost; Kua inga ratou i taua tamakianga. They lost that war; Kua akakeukeuia te manako o te tangata, kare ra ratou i inga. The people’s beliefs were shaken, but they didn’t give way. (See akainga(inga), ingainga, tainga(inga).) [Pn. *si„a.]
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