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boss up, interjectional phrase

Origin:
South African Dutch
obs.
pas op interjectional phrase.
1835 T.H. Bowker Journal. 7 Aug.They fired a kafir fire in the top of the Clugh where the blackguards are watching us, boss up.
[1928 N. Stevenson Afr. Harvest 194He..silenced the old woman by saying: ‘Bos op, Auntie; you had better see to the supper, which..is burning.’]
pas opinterjectional phrase.
Derivatives:
Hence (nonce) boss up transitive verbal phrase [perhaps influenced by English boss to manage, control], to take care of (someone), to supervise (someone); cf. pass-up sense b, pasop verb.
1884 C. Du Val With Show through Sn Afr. I. 38They (sc. the quay porters) are not enthusiastically devoted to hard work, but do not appear to be altogether unwilling if put in the right groove and kept well ‘bossed up.’

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