klapbroek, noun

Plurals:
klapbroeke /ˈkla(p)brukə/.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, klap flap + broek trousers.
historical
Men’s trousers with a front flap fastened by buttons on both sides; flap-trousers. Also attributive.
1936 E. Rosenthal Old-Time Survivals 25The idea of the klapbroek or flapped trousers, which carry a strap at the waist, is a survival on African soil of a garment worn by Continental ‘villeins’ in the 16th century.
1975 D.H. Strutt Clothing Fashions 213Leather klapbroeke were made short because if allowed to get wet, when dried they were harsh and stiff — hence the English name for them, crackers...Klapbroeke were sometimes called nierknypers (kidney-pinchers).
Men’s trousers with a front flap fastened by buttons on both sides; flap-trousers. Also attributive.

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