klaar, adjective

AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ready, finished, done, exhausted.
Finished, in the following senses:
1. Ready, prepared, completed; gedaan sense 2.
1852 M.B. Hudson S. Afr. Frontier Life 208I, as a guest, no enjoyment to mar, Lie slumbering on, till the coffee is ‘klaar’.
1872 Z. in Cape Monthly Mag. V. Oct. 229Would any of us wish to get rid of the expressive ‘disselboom’ and revert to the unsuggestive ‘pole?’ Can we do anything else than ‘trek,’ when we have packed our wagons, and made all ‘klaar’ to start for the Diamond-fields?
a1875 T. Baines Jrnl of Res. (1964) II. 33In a few minutes more, coffee was pronounced klaar, or ready, and the edibles..were soon discussed.
1912 E. London Dispatch 2 July 8 (Pettman)It is anticipated that in six months’ time the long-talked-of bridge will be un fait accompli, or to suit the times should one say it will be klaar?
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 262Klaar,..This word is in every-day use in the Midland Districts of the Colony, both among English and Dutch, in both its meanings — clear and ready.
2. Over; all gone.
1960 J. Cope Tame Ox 180Well, that’s how it is. Finished, klaar. Take my kit out of Swart’s boat and put it back in the shed.
1970 Informant, GrahamstownI am klaar with this work now.
1978 C. Van Wyk in Staffrider Vol.1 No.2, 36When you want the stuff, it’s klaar. Don’t lieg, man, it’s all still there by the possie.
3. ‘Finished’, exhausted, depleted; ruined, ‘done for’. Cf. gedaan sense 1.
1964 J. Bennett Mr Fisherman (1967) 100‘We’re klaar,’ said Pillay. ‘That’s what it is.’ He felt all his strength, all the reserve of endurance which he had been nursing so jealously, ebb slowly away.
1964 J. Bennett Mr Fisherman (1967) 119‘You’re finished, old man, he said. Finished, klaar. You’re no use for nothing any more.’
1971 Sunday Times 14 Nov. 15When Sir De Villiers dealt with B— and his legal costs several members of the audience voiced the opinion that ‘B— is klaar’.
[1987 L. Beake Strollers 37Koosie spoke then, eventually, and Johnny thought that his words did him great credit. ‘En André?..En Pieter?’ he gasped. ‘Klaar,’ Abraham said, with great relish. (Finished? Johnny thought in great alarm, not dead, surely?) ‘Klaar,’ his brother continued, ‘in Jo-hann-es-burg.’]
4. In the phrases finish and klaar, finished and klaar, finish en klaar, or finished en klaar [Afrikaans en and]:
a. An emphatic interjection of finality, ‘that’s that’, ‘all done’, ‘nothing more to be said’.
1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 16‘Take her’..finish en klaar. They know the way it is with our sort.
1971 F.G. Butler Informant, GrahamstownIt’s interesting to think how the Elizabethans used synonyms from Anglo-Saxon and Latin — they’ve got their ‘will and testament’ and we’ve got our ‘finished and klaar’!
1974 A.P. Brink Looking on Darkness 20Now we’re done for, it’s all up with us, we’ve had it. Finish and klaar.
1974 Evening Post 25 Oct. 1‘I shot the bastard, finish and klaar,’ he wrote in a statement to the police.
1979 Voice 7 Oct. 5He was served with the first of two restriction orders in February 1973. Those moves meant that he had to stop writing there and then, finished and klaar.
1984 S. Gray Three Plays 134I tell you, I won’ sell, finish and klaar!
1985 K. Ngwenya in Drum June 49We want equal rights. Finish and klaar.
1986 S. Sepamla Third Generation 90Sometimes I think he wishes he could simply get rid of me you know, finish and klaar.
1987 Scope 9 Oct. 36Sakkie Enslin put him down in one. Finished and klaar, as they say in Budapest.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 74Jo’burg is closed this year to applications from Natal female Bantu, finish and klaar.
1991 P. Slabolepszy Braait Laaities. 12That’s very nice and all that, but it’s all over now, OK? Finish and Klaar.
b. Used predicatively: ‘had it’; ‘done for’; ‘over’, ‘final’; cf. tickets.
1970 R.S. Gibson Informant, N. TvlIt’s finished and klaar (finis).
1970 A. Fulton I Swear to Apollo 208All patients sign a form consenting to post-mortem in the event of death...One of the rules. All finished and klaar, as the locals say.
1972 Sunday Times 12 Mar. 4I am finished and klaar with this Government and from now on ek stem Sap.
1974 A.P. Brink Looking on Darkness 54He tole me I was finish’ en’ klaar, it’s no use, I’m rotten with the cencer [sic].
1976 S. Roberts Outside Life’s Feast 88I’m finish an’ klaar here. Van Staden will let it get around. I mus’ move on.
1980 M. Melamu in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 47Damn it all, I decide, I’m caught red-handed and it’s finish en klaar. I can’t do anything about it.
1982 Sunday Times 31 MayFinished and klaar’, literally ‘finished and finished’ this tautology is used to express the absolute finality of something. ‘I’m finished and klaar with that man — he hasn’t called me since Tuesday.’
1989 Informant, GrahamstownThe prodigal son had spent all his money, his friends had left him, he had nothing left, he was finished and klaar.
Ready, prepared, completed; gedaan2.
Over; all gone.
‘Finished’, exhausted, depleted; ruined, ‘done for’.
An emphatic interjection of finality, ‘that’s that’, ‘all done’, ‘nothing more to be said’.
‘had it’; ‘done for’; ‘over’, ‘final’;

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