Dutch, EnglishShow more Dutch kopje see koppie + English walloping thrashing; see quotation 1897 at kopje-walloper.
The practice of buying diamonds directly from prospectors (see kopje-wallop). Also attributive.
1876 inJ. AngoveEarly Days (1910) 645From and after this date the practice known as ‘Kopje-walloping’ or otherwise the purchasing of diamonds in places other that the offices of Licensed Bankers or Diamond Dealers, will be strictly prosecuted by the police.
1911L. CohenReminisc. of Kimberley 63The great envy of some Aaronic gents in the kopje-walloping profession who daily watched us through a telescope from a neighbouring mound.
1963O. DoughtyEarly Diamond Days 122Another, after being an unlucky digger, had taken to kopje-walloping almost by accident.
1974The 1820Vol.47No.8, 31They lived in the most primitive conditions, powdered daily with red dust from head to foot, with Barney making his daily rounds of kopje walloping — the purchasing of the rough stones from the sorting tables of the diamond miners.
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