1920Chambers’s Jrnl (U.K.) Aug. 482The vessel or ‘dop’ is then lifted off and the full effect of the operation (sc. cutting hair) is disclosed.
[1946S. CloeteAfr. Portraits 65Kruger belonged to the Christelijk-Gereformeerde Church..called the ‘Dopper’ or canting church, the word ‘dop’ deriving from a dop, a damper, or extinguisher used for putting out candles, the idea being that the Doppers were against all new ideas and put them out ‘as a dop put out a candle.’]
1970Informant, Grahamstown (now Makhanda, Eastern Cape)I wish I could get this Latin into my dop (brain, head).
1978J. HobbsDarling Blossom 57Another thing about Dumbo, he scorns to wear a crash helmet (what he calls a dop)...He reckons nobody’s gonna catch him looking like a..pampoen.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 151The skins of the grapes are called dops.
1979M. ParkesWheatlands 26Parkes’ Brandy became a legend...It is said that the secret lay in the distilling from ‘most’, instead of from the ‘dops’ or skins or refuse.
1988J. Taylor inInside S. Afr. July 31Now you must work fast and take off the skins. This is where a press would come in handy. If you haven’t got one then you will have to resort..to wringing the doppe out in sacking with your bare hands.
2.noncount.a.In full dop brandy:i.In historical contexts.A brandy distilled from the grape-husks left after grapes have been pressed for wine-making, and usually aged in wood; Cape dop (see sense c below);cf. witblits sense b.ii.transferred senseAny brandy;see also Cape brandy.b.transferred sense.Any spirituous drink. Also attributive.
1870E. Prov. Herald 13 Sept.250 hogsheads White Dop Brandy,..40 hogsheads Fine Old Boer Brandy, 10 hogsheads Cango Brandy.
1960Our First Half Century 1910–1960 445‘Dop brandy’ distilled from husks, has long been taxed out of existence by a prohibitive excise duty and there are few other countries where the distillation of husks is so firmly suppressed as in the Union.
1969I. VaughanLast of Sunlit Yrs 11He never explained how he fell from his high estate to his present lowly one,..but I am almost certain it was due to his failing with the dop bottle, for he was drunk every weekend.
1977C. Clayton inContrast 43Vol.11No.3, 23Too bladdy drunk, old Alice, too bladdy drunk. But they mustn’t ask me to give up my dop. Life’s too short for that.
1983D. Hughes et al.Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 93Brandy..has a strong, separate tradition..in South Africa. ‘Dop’, ‘Witblits’,..‘Boerblits’, and ‘Cape Smoke’ were some of the names by which local brandy was known in earlier years.
1985D. Baskin inFrontline Dec. 10Mrs Potgieter’s liquor licence..prevents the sale of white dop to Blacks, coloureds or Indians unless they are staying at the hotel.
1990R. GoolCape Town Coolie 15When I think of all that dop brandy in the cellar!
1991Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 92Used as a general term for a tot or a drink, especially of spirits, ‘dop’ more specifically refers to brandy.
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