ore, plural noun

Forms:
Also oere, oor-re.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘ears’.
slang
A derogatory name for the police.
1963 L.F. Freed Crime in S. Afr. 105Jolling on the corner with my razor and chain; Down came the ore, one took my name.
1970 V.E. Pautz Informant, KwaZulu-NatalOor-re: The police.
1970 M. Bennett Informant, Krugersdorp‘The ore’. The police.
1975 Jiggs in New Classic No.1, 41And now they are bulldozing the place down here’s hardly anyone left; except the whores and oere.
1979 T. Emmet in Eng. in Afr. Vol.6 No.1, 80In Houghton it might be more polite to talk of the ‘police’, but in Doornfontein words like ‘ore’, ‘the system’ or ‘varke’ convey a great deal more about the social position, political attitudes and sentiments of the speaker.
A derogatory name for the police.
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