[a1823J. EwartJrnl (1970) 62We..unyoked our oxen (or as the Boors call it outspan’d) which is usualy done twice or thrice a day.., to allow the animals to feed and refresh themselves.]
1833Graham’s Town Jrnl 3 Jan. 1All cattle strayed or outspanned over any part of the property of Frederick Korsten, Esq. will be forthwith impounded.
1864F. GaltonVacation TouristsIII. 167To see a farmer outspan and turn the team of active little beasts loose on the boundless veld to amuse themselves for an hour or two..would astonish him a little.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 45At night the oxen were outspanned and allowed to scatter whither they would in search of grass.
1895A.B. Balfour1200 Miles in Waggon 71One gets out at the end by a high step, or when the oxen are outspanned (unharnessed), by a ladder.
1926P.W. LaidlerTavern of Ocean 184Riebeeck Square was originally Boeren Plein, or Farmer’s Plain, where the countrymen outspanned their wagons.
1934B.I. BuchananPioneer Days 29The wagons were drawn up beside the road, and the oxen outspanned..and allowed to graze for a while.
1962F.C. MetrowichScotty Smith 130‘The horses are tired,’ Herman replied. ‘I think we should outspan and rest them for a while.’
1976V. RosenbergSunflower 13They outspanned their oxen, securing them with a yoke hewn especially for this purpose and a peg driven into the ground.
1980A.J. BlignautDead End Rd 90I was still outspanning the predikant’s team.
1990M.M. Hacksley(tr. of E. Van Heerden) inLynx 182At every turn-off..they had outspanned the donkeys, hobbled them and let them graze on the little patch of government servitude on either side of the road.
a.In historical contexts.To rest or camp at the side of the road while travelling by wagon; to span out, see spanverb sense 3 b.b.transferred sense and figurative.To break a journey; to relax, take a break.
1811J.G. Cuyler inG.M. ThealRec. of Cape Col. (1901) VIII. 91The rovers passed Scheepers at night who lay close to the road outspanned with his waggon.
1910J. BuchanPrester John 49We got to Umvelos’ after midday, and outspanned for our three weeks’ work.
1911L. CohenReminisc. of Kimberley 399Another Boer wanted to know, when he heard that a steamship service was proposed to be established between the Cape and Natal, where the vessels outspanned during the night.
1934B.I. BuchananPioneer Days 169We travelled gaily for two hours, then out-spanned for a rest.
1941C. BirkbySpringbok Victory 174On the fifth day..the head of the column outspanned just short of Jijiga. And all that night the lights of the brigade’s trucks played in the sky as the Springboks came up.
1966F.G. ButlerS. of Zambesi 21‘When I was a boy’, he said, ‘we always outspanned for the night, here, among these trees’.
1970C.B. WoodInformant, Johannesburg‘Outspan’ (relax) and rest.
1971H. ZeederbergVeld Express 24Gone were the days when they could ‘outspan’ at the home of a farmer or relative, and spend a few days on a hunting expedition.
1977Fugard & DevenishGuest 51We outspanned and put up our tents there where the kraal is now.
1852M.B. HudsonS. Afr. Frontier Life 169While resting the night at our outspanning station, A farmer came up to report depredation Of twelve hundred sheep.
1866E.L. PriceJrnls (1956) 165We..have never had very long outspannings and have always been late at night..before we outspanned.
1872 inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 280‘Outspanning’ and ‘inspanning’ include by one expression what an English groom would need two or three orders to perform, since harnessing the cattle does not necessarily imply attaching them to the vehicle they are intended to draw.
1876T. Stubbs Reminiscences. 25On our first outspanning I would find him out, and ask him what time he thought we ought to proceed.
1884‘E.V.C.’Promised Land 32I will not give an account of each day’s inspanning and outspanning, and our shooting between Newcastle and Lydenburg.
1893Month Feb. 197He was standing by the out-spanned wagon.
1894H. NisbetBush Girl’s Romancep.iiiI do not think we forget these ‘out-spannings’ while we are driving our cattle in other directions.
1899Strand Mag. (U.K.) Mar. 270[He] pointed to the outspanned bullocks.
c1900S. Lyall Reminiscences. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS138)Here first I saw the outspanning and inspanning oxen and cooking by the side of the wagons.
1918H. MooreLand of Good Hope 32You come to one of the public ‘out spanning stations’ which are arranged at convenient distances.
1924L. CohenReminisc. of Jhb. 16There were the usual inspannings and outspannings, during which operations the passengers snatched a hasty, coarse breakfast.
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