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Cape Doctor, noun phrase

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EnglishShow more Cape + English doctor; see quotation 1890.
The Cape Doctor: A nickname given in the Western Cape to the prevailing south-east wind which blows strongly especially during the summer months; the Doctor, see doctor sense 2. Cf. black south-easter.
1861 Lady Duff-Gordon Lett. from Cape (1925) 31It portends a ‘south-easter’, i.e. a hurricane, and Cape Town disappears in impenetrable clouds of dust. But this wind..is the Cape doctor, and keeps away cholera, fever of every sort, and all malignant or infectious diseases.
1993 A. Jardine in Weekend Argus 9 Jan. 18The Cape Doctor took centre stage..as the [golf] tournament entered..the ‘championship round’. An uncharitable south-easter played havoc with the pack yesterday and swept hats, golf balls and aspirations away.
A nickname given in the Western Cape to the prevailing south-east wind which blows strongly especially during the summer months; the Doctor, see doctor2.

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