maak, verb

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘make’.
1. intransitive. In the interjectional phrase maak gou /mɑːk ˈxəʊ/, formerly also mak gauw, mak hoe [Afrikaans gou (earlier South African Dutch gauw) quick, quickly], ‘hurry up’, ‘buck up’, ‘make haste’.
[1901 A.R.R. Turnbull Tales from Natal 177One horseman drew rein..while the other cantered on shouting, ‘Kom, vriend, laat ons rei! Mak hoe!’ [Note] ‘Come, friend, let’s ride on! Make haste!’]
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 306Mak gauw!..Be quick! Make haste! In common use in Dutch-speaking districts.
1937 C.R. Prance Tante Rebella’s Saga 97Here’s your Medical Certificate. Mak gou — getamoveon. Next man!
1969 M. Benson At Still Point 101He unlocked the gate of the wire cage. ‘Maak gou!’ he commanded the invisible occupant. A woman emerged.
1978 C. Van Wyk in Staffrider Vol.1 No.2, 38Say it’s for me, Kiet. He knows me, ou Blare. Maak gou, bra.
1980 E. Patel They Came at Dawn 48Maak gou hurry up, bring that camera here.
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 213Koekemoer fired until his gun was empty, and then ducked back inside the Chevy’s cab. He grabbed the radio and screamed, ‘Maak gou, boys!’ — ‘Hurry boys, they’re killing us.’
2. transitive. In the phrase maak ’n plan /mɑːk ə ˈplan/ [Afrikaans, ’n a + plan plan, strategy,] make a plan (see make). Cf. ’n boer maak ’n plan (see Boer sense 1 d).
1986 Learn & Teach No.7, 26You tell me about danger! What about my bonus? Maak ’n plan man!
1986 Thousand Ways to Die (Nat. Union of Mineworkers) Sept. 18When I complain to the white miner, he does not come. He says that we must ‘maak ’n plan’.
1990 C. Barrett in Weekend Post 19 Jan. 1It is your bounden duty to tell me where my local suppliers are or maak ’n plan to get the stuff to Lanseria.
1994 A. Sachs in Proceedings of the ‘Languages for All’ Conference (Dept of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology) 56There is a very good Afrikaans, South African, term for what is involved here, and it is called ‘maak ’n plan’. That is really what is involved. If the good will is there, you will find an answer.
, ‘hurry up’, ‘buck up’, ‘make haste’.
make a planmake.

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