- Start, make sudden invol-untary movement, shy away. Kia maiti ake au mei roto i te moe, e tangata teia e tu ua nei i te pae i te roi. I woke up with a start and there was this person just standing here by the bed; Kua maiti te oroenua i toku rutuanga ki te rakau. The horse shied when I struck it with the stick.
- Come away suddenly, fly off, spring loose, jerk free, flake off. I toku parianga i te rakau, kua maiti mai te kakau o te toki. The handle came off the axe when I was chopping the wood; Kua maiti mai te popani o te moina i toku ruruanga i te tai. The cork popped out of the bottle as I was shaking the sauce; Kua akamata aia i te putakaiti kia maiti ki vao. He began to try to wriggle free; Kua maiti te peni no te vera i te ai. The paintwork flaked off with the heat from the fire. [Ce. *ma-fiti.]
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