De Steelband an dem had big clash and one-time dey call orf Panorama but Despers say dey is dey own boss an dey play in de Savannah on Carnival Tuesday and by Wednesday de lef Pantrinbago in what Tanty Merkle woulda call taking in front before in front take you.
In Trinidad and Tobago, take in front is often used as a phrase.
Take in Front or take front (phr) Act or say something in your own interest or defence before someone else can use the same point against you; anticipate and avoid and accusation or argument by starting oneself, i.e. take front
Take In Front – Caribbean Usage
In other Caribbean islands, take (pronounced tek)
Take a fall (verb/phrase) in Dominica and Grenada means to fall down; to stumble and fall down.
In Tobago – Take a side (verb/phrase) means to move your self
Take licks means to get beat or phyiscally beaten.
Take that! (Tek da!) in Guyana means to express cynical delight
If you take in in Trinidad you may have fallen ill suddenly
The various words and phrases from Trinidad & Tobago can be traced back to English, French and Spanish origins. Kicksing is one such word that has its roots in the English language. Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago is interesting because the slangs can change over time. I have lived in the United States for 20 years now, and every time I travel back to Trinidad and Tobago, I have to reacquaint myself with the words and phrases that have evolved.
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