Anglo-Boer War, noun phrase

English, Afrikaans, Show more English Anglo- + Afrikaans Boer (see Boer sense 2) + English war.
1. In historical contexts. The war of 1899–1902 between the British and the Boers; occasionally, any other conflict between the British and the Boers; Boer War sense 1; Engelse Oorlog, see Engels adjective sense 3; South African War. Cf. vryheidsoorlog.
See note at South African War.
1900 Westminster Gaz. (U.K.) 4 May 11A large proportion of the money hoarded up, as a consequence of the Anglo-Boer War, will be set into circulation.
1913 J. Brandt Petticoat Commando p.ixI have tried to give the public some idea of what was done by Boer women, during the great Anglo-Boer war, to keep their men in the field and to support them in what proved to be a hopeless struggle for independence and liberty.
1920 R.H. Lindsey-Renton Diary (1979) 8Talks a lot about the War, but it is the South African War, or the Anglo-Boer War as it is called out here.
1929 H.A. Chilvers Out of Crucible 162The Anglo-Boer war had a disastrous effect on Johannesburg and the goldfields.
a1930 G. Baumann in Baumann & Bright Lost Republic (1940) 157To this day we are still suffering from the effects of the Jameson Raid and the Anglo-Boer War.
1933 W.H.S. Bell Bygone Days 328The conclusion of the Anglo-Boer war was the beginning of a new era, a wonderful transition from the old state of things to the new.
1950 H. Gibbs Twilight in S. Afr. 21The year is 1888: the first Anglo-Boer War is in progress.
1955 D.L. Hobman Olive Schreiner 112The Boer War at the turn of the century, which should properly be called the Anglo-Boer War, was a prologue to the tragic drama which opened in 1914.
1974 S. Afr. Panorama June 47After the Anglo-Boer War conditions in the former Boer republics were critical. Families were left without fathers or roofs over their heads.
1976 Drum June 31We were not rich, but my father had enough to look after us. After the Anglo-Boer War he could help some of the destitute Boers with food and some money.
1980 D. Child Portrait of Pioneer 127On 11 October 1899 war was declared between Britain and the Transvaal. This second Anglo-Boer War had been preceded by months of rising tension and fruitless negotiation.
1985 Platzky & Walker Surplus People 80Tensions between the Transvaal Boers and the British-dominated mining and industrial companies over who was to control and direct the wealth of the Witwatersrand led to the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in 1899.
1990 City Press 3 June 2Mandela has spoken of the armed struggle continuing, and we are not waiting for our women and children to be murdered like they were by the British in the Anglo-Boer War.
2. figurative. rare. Conflict between English- and Afrikaans-speaking people. See also Boer-Brit, Boer War sense 2.
1972 Sunday Times 23 Apr.While Tuesday was largely devoted to the aftermath of last week’s ‘third Anglo-Boer war’ on the language issue and economic matters, Wednesday was mostly taken up by several confrontations.
The war of 1899–1902 between the British and the Boers; occasionally, any other conflict between the British and the Boers; Boer War1; Engelse Oorlog, see Engelsadjective3; South African War.
Conflict between English- and Afrikaans-speaking people.

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