regmaker, noun

Forms:
Also regmaaker.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, reg right + maker maker.
A drink, medication, or medicine taken to alleviate a hangover; a pick-me-up; regmakertjie. Also transferred sense. See also babalaasdop (babalaas noun sense b).
1954 K. Cowin Bushveld, Bananas & Bounty 46We asked why he was not wearing his hat, he said simply that it banged his head and he was very sick and needed a regmaker for the love of God. We told him to go and sleep it off.
1965 J. Bennett Hawk Alone 120You haven’t got a spot of anything, have you? I could do with a little regmaker...It’d pull me right.
1972 Cape Herald 22 Sept. B1The search for the ideal ‘regmaker’ goes on...A barman from Kensington says there is nothing better than a pint of cold beer as a much needed ‘regmaker’.
1975 S. Roberts Outside Life’s Feast 26I hear him say in a slow begging voice Anna get me a regmaker. No Bill man it will start you off again. Have some more black coffee. But I am sick. Well regmakers won’t make you better.
1979 Daily Dispatch 28 Feb. 13Once or twice you’ve actually noticed his hands shaking as he poured a ‘regmaker’. Poor devil, you thought, he can’t take his drink without dreadful hangovers.
1982 Daily News 11 Nov. 25So called magic potion..to reduce the amount of alcohol in the blood stream. Somebody referred to it as a regmaker. Somebody else said, no nonsense, a regmaker couldn’t be anything but more alcohol...A regmaker comes after the babalaas.
1987 P. Wilhelm in Optima Vol.35 No.2, 65His hobby is playing the fiddle and banjo in a local Boereorkes, which explains why [the photographer] found him in a bottle store at 8.30 a.m. on a Saturday. ‘I need a regmaker,’ he explained.
1987 A. Hogg in Fair Lady 17 Oct. 70South Africa’s overheated economy had a great icy bucket of water poured all over it: a regmaker that should make people feel better in the long run but right now hurts a great deal.
1992 C. Vineall in Natal Mercury 23 Nov. 18You..feel dreadful around 11.30am. That’s when your hangover is really starting — and that’s why the regmaker around noon..seems to work.
1993 P. Dickson in E. Prov. Herald 21 Sept. 1Sipping a regmaker and still severely shaken an hour after the blaze, Mr B—..said it was the first accident in his home in the 40 years he had lived there.
A drink, medication, or medicine taken to alleviate a hangover; a pick-me-up; regmakertjie. Also transferred sense.

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