las, noun

/las/
Forms:
Also laas.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, las to weld, join, pool resources; (colloquial) to augment, increase.
slang
A contribution; a loan. Usually in the verbal phrase to make a las, to contribute money, to make a loan.
Derivatives:
Hence las verb  transitive, to lend. Cf. gazaat.
1970 G.E.Q. Absolom Informant, GermistonMake a las you blokes (contribution).
1970 J.R. Bennett Informant, KrugersdorpLas me a Rand (lend).
1970 K.M. Brand Informant, East LondonMake me a las of five rand! (loan).
1970 B.C. Maritz Informant, Port ElizabethGooi me a las so I will have enough money for ice skating.
1977 Family Radio & TV 23 Jan. 19They were thirsty. Old Chris looked around meaningfully and said: ‘Well, gentlemen, between us we should be able to make a las for a dop,’ meaning we should have enough money to buy a drink.
1979 F. Dike First S. African 30Rooi: Yeerrrr Solly, you’ve cleaned us out. Max: Well Solly my laitie, make ’n laas daar. Solly: O.K. gents, let’s go and have a drink.
1987 Scope 6 Nov. 33Let’s waai to Joubert Park and sit for a while. I’m sure we’ll make a las from one of the chinas.
1991 G. De Beer Informant, Port Nolloth (N. Cape)He made me a las (gave me a loan).
A contribution; a loan. Usually in the verbal phrase to make a las, to contribute money, to make a loan.
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