now-now, adverb

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Calque formed on Afrikaans nou-nou in a moment, a moment ago.
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Note:
Reduplication is common in South African English: see also bok-bok, footsie-footsie, kiep-kiep (kiep sense 1 b), klip-klip, kwela-kwela, pata-pata, play-play, tsaba-tsaba, voetjie-voetjie.
1. In the immediate past, ‘a moment ago’. See also note at just now.
1948 A. Paton Cry, Beloved Country 85They have been here. It was now, now, that they left.
1960 C. Hooper Brief Authority 330‘When did it happen?’ ‘Now, Father, now-now-now. Almost this minute.’
2. In the immediate future, ‘in a moment’. See also just now.
1970 J.R. Bennett Informant, KrugersdorpI’m going to town now now.
1991 Informant, Port ElizabethShe’s waiting for her husband — he’s coming now-now.
In the immediate past, ‘a moment ago’.
In the immediate future, ‘in a moment’.

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