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    Hello, I am listening to an NPR news audio clip, and have found a part I can't jot down right. Could you propose me a word/words which could fit in the part wrapped by the parenthesis? I just entered what it sounds to me in the parenthesis. It sounds like "tootle" or "toodle" but I know they don't make sense in that sentence. Many thanks in advance.

    "We can sled off our roof. We have a big inner-tube sled. You can (tootle) up halfway up the roof because we've got a very steep roof, and then you can actually sled down it into the yard."

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    Tootle can mean walk/go, which makes sense (to me).

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    Thanks for the answer. So does "tootle" go well with that sentence? Do you often use it in daily lives?

    My dictionary says that the second meaning is used in old British English, but I've found out that dictionary.com doesn't mention such things, as below.

    tootle
    1. to toot gently or repeatedly on a flute or the like.
    2. to move or proceed in a leisurely way.

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    I would disagree with your dictionary about it being old- I hear it used. It also appears not to be confined to BrE:

    Collins call it informal BrE and make no mention of it being out-of-date:
    Definition of tootle | Collins English Dictionary
    American Heritage have it and don't list it as BrE:
    tootle - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education
    Macmillan (American English) have it:
    tootle - definition. American English definition of tootle by Macmillan Dictionary
    Cambridge give an American and a British pronunciation of it:
    tootle verb - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
    Merriam-Webster have it:
    Tootle - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    Oxford too:
    Definition for tootle - Oxford Dictionaries Online (World English)

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    PS I think tootle off (leave) is probably the form I hear the most.

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