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Thread #79171   Message #1432181
Posted By: Nerd
11-Mar-05 - 08:26 AM
Thread Name: Banks of Green Willow
Subject: RE: Banks of Green Willow
OED: To wander vaguely or aimlessly,

But it is derived from "tave" which means "to toil ineffectually"; "to move the limbs ineffectually."

So I guess in this case, it could either mean "drift" or "flail about, as though drowning"