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agterryer, noun

Forms:
achterrijder, achterryderShow more Also achterrijder, achterryder, agter rijer, agter-ruiter, agter-ruyter, agter-ryder, agterryer.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans, formerly South African Dutch achter-rijder (achter-ruiter, achter-ryder, achter-ryer), achter rear + rijder rider.
1. In historical contexts. A mounted groom or other attendant; a military servant, or batman; after-rider. Also attributive.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 132Two boors on horseback, attended by two Hottentot achter-ryders, or according to colonial pronunciation achter-ryers (after riders) passing by, halted...These achter-ryders..correspond..to many of our English grooms.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 246The Boer practice of going to war accompanied by a coloured or African agterryer (batman) who tended the horses, collected firewood, cooked and generally saw to the chores that needed doing about the camp.
2. figurative. One filling a subordinate position and thereby reinforcing the position of those in authority. Also attributive.
1962 A. Fugard Notebks (1983) 50Another important person in terms of getting things organised was the ‘agter-ryer’ — the tough bully singled out by the warder to help him keep the other prisoners in order. Every section had its agter-ryer.
1977 E. Prov. Herald 18 Nov. 2The coloureds and the Indians, nearly three million in all, will have to be content with a kind of agterryers’ role in so-called white South Africa.
A mounted groom or other attendant; a military servant, or batman; after-rider. Also attributive.
One filling a subordinate position and thereby reinforcing the position of those in authority. Also attributive.

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