dombook, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Partial translation of Afrikaans domboek, see domboek.
historical, colloquial
A contemptuous name for a pass (sense 3). Also attributive.
1966 K.M.C. Motsisi in Post 30 Jan. (Drum) 18Dom-pass or dom-book is the contemptuous term used by Africans in the Republic of South Africa, for an identity and job pass they are required to carry, and which is euphemistically called a Reference Book by the authorities.
1975 Daily Dispatch 22 Apr. 12We will not cause them to carry dombooks, or do to them any inhuman things done to us since 1652.
1978 A.P. Brink Rumours of Rain 427I was just in time to grab my dombook before the water took it away.
1981 M. Mutloatse in Staffrider Vol.3 No.4, 40Naked fright was conspicuously sculptured in his face. He was a man on the run — from the dombook police.
A contemptuous name for a pass (sense 3). Also attributive.

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