1872‘Z.’ inCape 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?
a1875T. BainesJrnl of Res. (1964) II. 33In a few minutes more, coffee was pronounced klaar, or ready, and the edibles..were soon discussed.
1912E. 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?
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 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.
1964J. BennettMr Fisherman (1967) 119‘You’re finished, old man, he said. Finished, klaar. You’re no use for nothing any more.’
1971Sunday 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’.
[1987L. BeakeStrollers 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.’]
1971F.G. ButlerInformant, 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’!
1974A.P. BrinkLooking on Darkness 20Now we’re done for, it’s all up with us, we’ve had it. Finish and klaar.
1974Evening Post 25 Oct. 1‘I shot the bastard, finish and klaar,’ he wrote in a statement to the police.
1979Voice 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.
1984S. GrayThree Plays 134I tell you, I won’ sell, finish and klaar!
1985K. Ngwenya inDrum June 49We want equal rights. Finish and klaar.
1986S. SepamlaThird Generation 90Sometimes I think he wishes he could simply get rid of me you know, finish and klaar.
1987Scope 9 Oct. 36Sakkie Enslin put him down in one. Finished and klaar, as they say in Budapest.
1970A. FultonI 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.
1972Sunday Times 12 Mar. 4I am finished and klaar with this Government and from now on ek stem Sap.
1974A.P. BrinkLooking on Darkness 54He tole me I was finish’ en’ klaar, it’s no use, I’m rotten with the cencer [sic].
1976S. RobertsOutside Life’s Feast 88I’m finish an’ klaar here. Van Staden will let it get around. I mus’ move on.
1980M. Melamu inM. MutloatseForced Landing 47Damn it all, I decide, I’m caught red-handed and it’s finish en klaar. I can’t do anything about it.
1982Sunday Times 31 May‘Finished 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.’
1989Informant, GrahamstownThe prodigal son had spent all his money, his friends had left him, he had nothing left, he was finished and klaar.
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