pas op, interjectional phrase

Forms:
Also passop, passup.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch oppassen to be on guard.
colloquial
‘Beware’, ‘look out’; boss up interjectional phrase; oppas interjection.
1835 J.W.D. Moodie Ten Yrs in S. Afr. II. 80I was suddenly warned of approaching danger by loud cries of ‘Pas op,’ (Look out,) coupled with my name in Dutch and English.
1900 B. Mitford Aletta 139Pas op, Baas! The bird!’...Now he turned to behold a huge cock ostrich bearing down upon him.
1901 E. Wallace Unofficial Despatches 98If he once gives fight, makes a stand, and brings the whole of his force into action, then pas op, De Wet!
1903 D. Blackburn Burgher Quixote 178Pas op, Burghers! Lancers! Lyddite!’ he shouted, riding right among the drowsy and half-drunken bodies.
1905 P. Gibbon Vrouw Grobelaar 235‘Burghers, Burghers!’ she screamed. ‘Pas op! The Kafirs are coming up the hill!’
1916 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 190Van K: What sickens me is to see how frightened everybody is of the chief..a damn lot I care for the chief...Van Slaap:..Pas op, Vanny, the chief!
1924 G. Baumann in Baumann & Bright Lost Republic (1940) 131I audibly knocked up my gun and shouted: ‘Pas op, Swartz!’ ‘Don’t shoot, I’m only going to fetch my horse,’ he said.
1937 S. Cloete Turning Wheels 28He heard Sannie shout ‘Pas Op,’ as a Kaffir carrying a shield and assegais jumped up beside him.
1949 C. Bullock Rina 26‘Over the wet season? Pas op, kerel!’ warned Piet. ‘There’s bad sickness after the rains.’
1956 A.G. McRae Hill Called Grazing 116‘Baas, there he is. Pas-op Baas, he very bad mule!’
1968 G. Croudace Black Rose 40‘Jeremy, pas op!’ The urgency of the warning shout threw him to one side.
1971 Medical Chronicle Apr. 1Pas-op — for sex. Doctor, your morals are in danger.
c1976 H. Flather Thaba Rau 71She uses a curious expression. Pas op. It’s Afrikaans I believe’. ‘What does it mean?’ ‘It means “take care”.’
‘Beware’, ‘look out’; boss upinterjectional phrase; oppasinterjection.
Derivatives:
Hence pas op noun phrase, a warning; a cautious person; an utterance of the phrase ‘pas op’.
1900 S.T. Plaatje Boer War Diary (1973) 75The alarm bells still rang..a ring to warn us...Then a lively gentle finale or ‘pasop’ when we all dodge into our holes.
1910 Rand Daily Mail 12 Feb. 7I hope it is united, but to me it seems as if there are ‘pas ops’ and ‘push ons’ in the Bond Party, to use Mr Merriman’s own words.
1990 J. Naidoo Coolie Location 153She speaks English to him, only English...You know,..no voetseks, no bliksems, no hey jongs, no pas ops.

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