platsak, adjective

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, plat flat + sak pocket.
colloquial
Penniless, ‘broke’.
1959 J. Meiring Candle in Wind 85Where do you think we are going to find food and money? We are platsak.
[1970 K. Nicol Informant, DurbanI can’t go out tonight because I’m plat (broke).]
1982 Fugard & Devenish Marigolds in Aug. 30Emily: That man was only looking for work. Daan: Ja, but whose work was he looking for?..Steal some of my jobs and then I sit platsak.
1985 E. Wright in Fair Lady 4 Sept.I was platsak when the first few clients started trickling in. I spent most of my time crying.
1988 Lampert & Fourie in You 21 Jan. 102We have been inundated with visitors every year for the past 15 years — family, dropouts etc, etc..Once again we are ‘platsak’. We will get a huge electricity bill and telephone account.
1991 J. Leurs Informant, GrahamstownThanks..— I hope you have not been ‘platsak’ because of this!
Penniless, ‘broke’.

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