bollemakiesie, adverb and & noun

Forms:
bolermakissie, bollamakiesieShow more Also bolermakissie, bollamakiesie, bolmakiesie.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, somersault; bolle from Dutch bol (see bolla) + makiesie origin unknown.
colloquial
A. adverb figurative Head over heels, somersaulting.
c1929 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 102Van K: He’s gone Home. Sailed on the mailboat. Bunked. Lady M: Bunked? Van K: Yes and I’m bunkered. Stymied. Off-side. Bolermakissie.
1985 D. Kramer in Cosmopolitan May 102Anita Kriel lived next door. She was in matric and I was probably in Standard 2 or 3 when I fell bollemakiesie in love with her.
1991 D. Kramer on M-Net TV 3 Apr.It went bollamakiesie over the telephone wires.
B. noun A somersault. Also figurative.
1970 H.M. Musmeci Informant, Port ElizabethLook at the children turning bolmakiesies on the lawn.
1970 S. Sparks Informant, Fort BeaufortThe children were doing bollemakiesies on the grass. (Head-over-heels.)
1971 Informant, GrahamstownI can do bollamakiesie backwards.
1975 S. Gray Local Colour 40Remember the old days you and the oubaas played bolmakiesies with the garden shears and my auntie put Dettol on your toes, the good old days.
1993 Daily News 14 Jan. 12If the CP did become involved in planning talks and then multi-party negotiations, it would be a very public admission that it was wrong. ‘The price of this bollemakiesie is: “Koos, you were right. So were you, Koos...So were you Andries, Chris, [etc.]” That means a helluva climb-down,’ said Mr van der Merwe.
Head over heels, somersaulting.
A somersault. Also figurative.
Derivatives:
Hence (nonce) bollemakies intransitive verb, to turn somersaults.
1982 J. Krige in Staffrider Vol.5 No.2, 20They would play all over the farm whether it was bollemakissing from the rafters into the haystack or mucking about in the cowsheds.
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