1896E. ClairmonteAfricander 15The next morning I went for a walk with Smith, who was the klein-baas of the farm. Klein-baas is the term used for the sub-manager, and ‘baas’ is the manager or proprietor.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 264Klein baas,..The designation given by farm labourers to the eldest son of the farmer, and also to a sub-manager.
1913D. FairbridgePiet of Italy 8The klein baas will be drowned. Call Oom Magmoet. I can’t pull him out.
1963D. JacobsonThrough Wilderness (1977) 63How incredulous their friends must be to hear their stories about the kind white kleinbaas who gave them food and toys and clothing.
1973S. CloeteCo. with Heart of Gold 122The old Kaffirs who remembered him would come up to greet the Klein Baas who had come back.
1988J. Bentley inStyle Apr. 30The Kadett GSE, a budget priced little brother to the top-of-the-range GSI. The latter having been dubbed The Boss in..advertising campaigns, it comes as no surprise that the small performance model has unofficially been called Kleinbaas.
1993S. Dikeni inHouse & Leisure Nov. 42As a kid I walked into the Grobbelaars’ Spar, and the kleinbaas called me and asked if I was Magdalena’s child. I said, ‘Ja, baas’.
1914L.H. BrinkmanBreath of Karroo 24The master of the house is addressed as ‘Ou baas’ and a young man, ‘Klein baas’.
1935H.C. BosmanMafeking Rd (1969) 73‘I can see you go far away, my kleinbaas,’ he said, ‘very far away over the great waters’.
1958A. SampsonTreason Cage 148The Afrikaners forced the Africans, who were smaller,..to call them ‘klein baas’ — little boss.
1965E. MphahleleDown Second Ave 84I stopped him and I said, Greetings, Kleinbaas, remember Petros from the farm? I saw in those eyes that he remembered me, but he said, ‘Get out of my way, Kaffir!’ and he passed on.
1980N. FerreiraStory of Afrikaner 41Do you still remember me as kleinbaas or do you despise that word?
1982A.P. BrinkChain of Voices 85To all the others I was..superior — Baas or Kleinbaas, ‘Master’ or ‘Little Master’ to the slaves.
1992C.M. Knoxtr. ofE. Van Heerden’s Mad Dog 67Old Pyp came up to me and grinned, ‘Face jus’ like an old Bushman, hey, kleinbaas?’
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