doppie, noun

AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, dop (see dop noun) + -ie.
1. A container.
a. A common term for a cartridge case; a percussion cap.
1897 H.A. Bryden Nature & Sport 19Some natives from the cattle-post here (Seruey) brought a quantity of new milk in the great Bechuana pitcher-like wooden vessels. They only required a few percussion-caps (‘doppies’) in exchange.
1992 Weekly Mail 24 Apr. 3Two little boys also lay dead...‘There were many doppies (spent shotgun cartridges),’ said Mathonsi.
b. dop noun sense 1 b. Also attributive.
1948 Cape Times 24 Jan. (Weekend Mag.) 12 (advt)A Grape Crusher and two Wine and Doppies Pumps manufactured by Consani’s for the Wine Industry.
1963 J. Packer Home from Sea 24The white wine was made in closed tanks without the ‘doppies’ — the skins.
c. colloquial. Any container, shell, etc. Cf. dop noun sense 1 a.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 76A half-ounce ration of tobacco was divided into twenty ‘doppies’, each about the size of a smoke. And for five doppies I could get a small tin of hard fat smuggled in to me from the kitchen.
1990 Informant, GrahamstownPlease may I have the doppies from my pens in case they drop onto the floor and the dog chews them.
2. In the Western Cape: the carpenter, Argyrozona argyrozona.
Perhaps applied especially to the juvenile of the species.
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 278Argyrozona argyrozona...Silvervis. Silver Fish. Doppie (Cape)...At the Cape juveniles known as ‘Doppies’ are captured in large numbers and are believed by many to be a distinct species.
1993 R. Van der Elst Guide to Common Sea Fishes 336A few decades ago, bunches of these fish (sc. carpenter), known as ‘doppies’, were sold directly from the wharfside.
3. dop noun sense 3 a.
1950 E. Partridge Dict. of Underworld 199Doppie, A drink: South Africa (especially and orig. Afrikaans-speakers).
1988 Adams & Suttner William Str. 49Ruby takes her doppie brandy, all her brothers come with and they all drunk..too.
A container.
A common term for a cartridge case; a percussion cap.
dopnoun1 b. Also attributive.
Any container, shell, etc.
the carpenter, Argyrozona argyrozona.
dopnoun3 a.

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