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Cape Flats, noun phrase

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South African Dutch, EnglishShow more Calqued on South African Dutch Kaapsche Vlakte ‘Cape Plains’; perhaps influenced by English flat ‘piece of level ground’.
The Cape Flats: The stretch of flat, sandy country lying between Cape Town and Somerset West and linking the Cape Peninsula to the hinterland; the flats, see flats sense a. Also attributive.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 58The Dutch denominate one part, the Kaapsche Duinen (Cape Downs), and another, the Kaapsche Vlakte (Cape Flats).
1991 [see ghomma sense 2].
The stretch of flat, sandy country lying between Cape Town and Somerset West and linking the Cape Peninsula to the hinterland; the flats, see flatsa. Also attributive.

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