karwats, noun

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AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, horsewhip, riding whip.
A short-handled riding whip; a quirt.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 254Karwats, (D. karbats, a scourge of leather; Pol. karbacz; Turkish kyrbatsj, a whip of rhinoceros hide.) A whip made of one piece of hide throughout.
1955 L.G. Green Karoo 141When the shepherd cracks his old karwats, his short whip, the flock falls into line and wheels and bunches and obeys the order.
1980 Cape Times 16 July 1The quirt is still being used experimentally in riot control...A police statement referred to the instrument as a ‘karwats’ and in a subsequent note said this should be translated into a ‘quirt’.
A short-handled riding whip; a quirt.
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