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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.
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.
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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