breker, noun

Forms:
Also breeker.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘destroyer’, from breek to break + agential suffix -er.
colloquial
A tough, destructive, or aggressive man. Also attributive. See also main man.
1970 M. Bennett Informant, KrugersdorpBreker. Tough young man.
1975 Sunday Times 2 Mar. 3The Nationalist newspaper reported that ‘Oom Willie’ is used to tussles. He was not called ‘the breker of the north’ for nothing.
1975 Sunday Times 7 Sept. 17‘Breeker’ tactics — a short cut to title!..A breeker is South African slang for a tough guy..a champion street-fighter. An expression for an ‘ou who can put the head and boot in better than the next ou’.
1979 Capetonian May 6When the Joburg boys cribbed our Parow ous and put oranges on their aerials — the Cape Town brekers went one better and put green fur on top of their dashboards.
1979 E. Prov. Herald 18 Sept. 14My son is not a mummy’s boy, but he is a gentle person...Are the ‘breekers’ who are to be his instructors and superiors going to have fun breaking him?
1982 D. Kramer Short Back & Sides 62Budgie, Budgie and the band,..Budgie a breker on his 50cc He played Peter Gunn in the key of E.
1983 Sunday Times 8 May (Mag. Sect.) 25You get the brekers who reckon this is going to be an A-1 way to get the cherries and donner the big okes, maybe even the teachers, my pal.
1987 Fair Lady 21 Jan. 144The leftover Fifties hoodlums creating the incidents were not totally cooled out...They were very heavy brekers.
A tough, destructive, or aggressive man. Also attributive.

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