1990R. StengelJanuary Sun 45I used to see my father referring to whites in — how should I say it? — he referred to them with awe and undue respect. To an old white man, he would say, Oubaas, and to a woman, he would say Missus.
1991B. MacKenzie(tr. of F.P. Van den Heever) inBest of S. Afr. Short Stories 58How come the Oubaas travels tonight on Shank’s old pony just like a Jew trader? What’s happened to the transport?
1980E. JoubertLong Journey of Poppie Nongena 340Just let the Oubaas say: O.K. I give you your rights, and I’ll say: O.K. tomorrow I go to the border with a gun.
1982M. MzamaneChildren of Soweto 184‘Now, you blerry skelm, will you tell the Oubaas who your student leaders are?’ he asked.
1987Frontline Mar. 22Far from the rioting crowds of Soweto and light years away from the street-wise man about the township, the life of Jonas on the farm goes on much as it did when his grandfather worked for the Oubaas at the time of the Rinderpest.
1993N. West inSunday Times 16 May 6If the old ideologue and apartheid patriarch, Dr Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd had heard his grandson..proclaiming the virtues of the ANC and denouncing the NP, the oubaas would surely have turned in his grave.
1947Forum 19 Apr. 1The problems which faced the Oubaas this week ranged from the spreading boycott of Indian traders in the Transvaal..to the need for separate trade unions for Africans.
1950H. GibbsTwilight in S. Afr. 249Henry Cooper..has devoted his life to ‘the Oubaas’, as Smuts is called.
1950Star inJ. Crwys-WilliamsS. Afr. Despatches (1989) 300As the first light glanced across the eastern hills on lovely Doornkloof farm, it fell on a house of grief. Who there but felt the pangs of loss at the Oubaas’s passing?
c1963B.C. TaitDurban Story 69From here ‘Oubaas’ (Field-Marshal Smuts) stepped down at sunrise to bathe in the sea-girt pool across the railtrack.
1970Daily News 19 May 3Once again, South Africa will be able to hear the voice of ‘Oubaas’ when recordings of his speeches..will be used in the programme.
1987G. VineyCol. Houses 183Field Marshall and Mrs Smuts (‘Oubaas’ and ‘Ouma’) amongst the cannas during the Second World War.
1990Fair Lady 7 Nov. 8Ouma Smuts..was darning a pair of Oubaas’s socks when some American tourists arrived.
5.Obsolete.Prison slang.With initial capital.The former Roeland Street prison, Cape Town.
1956A. La Guma inNew Age 27 Sept. 6In Roeland Street, Cape Town..stands the mass of brick and stone which is the city jail...Hardened old-timers refer to it with macabre humour as ‘Oubaas,’ and behind its walls exists a world ruled by stony-eyed guards who have become as cold as the iron bars over the windows.
6.figurative.Always with initial capital: God.
1972Star 8 Dec. 9One hundred years old..Mrs Annie Hayman..explains her century by saying: ‘The Oubaas likes me, and that’s why he looks after me.’
1974Het Suid-Western 25 Apr.Jackson..with the help of the ‘Oubaas in the sky’ succeeded in smashing the plug and breaking the current.
[1984E. Euvrard inSunday Times 11 Nov. (Life Style) 115I used to feel sorry for die Oubaas daar bo because my mother and I used to sit, one on either side of the bed, each praying fervently for the exact opposite!]
1991D. Guy inCity Press 27 Oct. 31The promises of the UDF, DTA and Swapo do not help. Only the Oubaas up there will help.
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