klip, verb transitive

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more From klip noun (sense 1), or from Afrikaans.
obs.
To place a stone before or behind a (wagon) wheel in order to prevent a vehicle from moving down a slope.
1878 H.A. Roche On Trek in Tvl 91Crawling into the wagon, the wheels of which were ‘klipped’, to keep us from running down the hill, trying to nap at intervals.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 267Klip, To, To place a stone behind a wheel to prevent the vehicle running backwards.
To place a stone before or behind a (wagon) wheel in order to prevent a vehicle from moving down a slope.
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Hence klipping verbal noun.
1878 P. Gillmore Great Thirst Land 114As it was the start, the oxen were comparatively fresh, and no stones were required; but in fifty yards more ‘Klip!’ was called out, and my friend and I did the klipping...Now, this klipping may be a playful amusement for some people, but Morris and myself very soon came to the conclusion that it bore a very strong resemblance to hard work, with every probability of getting your fingers crushed or yourself run over.

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