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bek, noun

/bek/
Forms:
Also beck, bêk.
Origin:
Afrikaans
colloquial
1. Beak; muzzle; in expressions indicating irritation, the human mouth.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 54Bek,..In Cape Dutch this word is frequently used in the same sense as the English slang word ‘cheek’ — ‘Hou, uw bek’. ‘Shut up!’ ‘Don’t be cheeky!’
1971 Informant, GrahamstownOne of them (sc. the birds) loved grapes and he used to have his bek dripping with purple sap in the garden.
2. In the expression hou jou bek /ˌhəʊ jəʊ -/ [Afrikaans, hou hold + jou your + bek mouth], shut up!
1913 [see sense 1].
1984 W. Steenkamp in Cape Times 3 Mar.Hate mail continues to land on my desk. The latest..He’s Coming To Get You. Hou Jou Bek.
Beak; muzzle; in expressions indicating irritation, the human mouth.
shut up!

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