huistoe, adverb and & interjection

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, huis home + toe towards.
A. adverb Homewards, home.
1887 J.W. Matthews Incwadi Yami 263Mr. Jeppe went ‘huis toe’, or home.
1902 D. Van Warmelo On Commando 38Many of the burghers were discouraged, and rode ‘huis-toe’, and nothing came of the great battle that was to have been fought.
1986 J. Brouard in Style Sept. 54South Africans cannot remain in Australia to work temporarily while the paperwork gets done...So it’s huistoe and vasbyt until the work permit plops into your postbox.
1987 L. Beake Strollers 104‘I’m going home’, he said. ‘Huistoe’.
B. interjection ‘Home(ward)’; ‘let’s go home’.
1887 J.W. Matthews Incwadi Yami 445President Burgers..went to the front himself, but all in vain. Deserted by the burghers, who raised the now proverbial cry of ‘huis toe,’..he had to return to Pretoria.
1901 W.S. Sutherland S. Afr. Sketches 24Let us also have a war cry!..(Cries of ‘Huis toe’ and ‘More beer,’ several of the staff evidently getting mixed up in their ideas).
1929 H.A. Chilvers Out of Crucible 6‘Huis toe!’ (home) was the cry, however, and the farmers went back beyond Sekukuni’s boundaries and dispersed to their homes.
1937 B.H. Dicke Bush Speaks 44Over the Boer laager in the lowveld fever had reigned...‘Huis toe’ (homeward) went up the cry from frightened people..and the laager dispersed.
1949 A. Keppel-Jones S. Afr.: Short Hist. 99The weary commandos dispersed with the cry of ‘huis-toe!’
1958 I. Vaughan Diary 14Sanna said ‘huis toe’. We ran home and sat in the dark.
[1963 S. Cloete Rags of Glory 113Things were slack and he was going to profit by it to go home. Huis toe was the Dutch for it, for going home.]
1979 T. Pakenham Boer War (1982) 443Huis toe’ had been intermittently heard ever since the capture of Bloemfontein.
Homewards, home.
‘Home(ward)’; ‘let’s go home’.
Derivatives:
Hence huistoe adjective nonce, ‘going-home’.
1987 Cosmopolitan Apr. 28If I were overseas and I heard a moppie being sung, or a mbaqanga guitar riff,..I’d be able to say, ‘Hey, that’s my music. That’s where I come from. That’s huistoe music!’
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