South African DutchShow more Probably from riemnoun; however the spelling-forms rhem and rem suggest that there was confusion between, or conflation of, South African Dutch rem brake (see remskoen) and riem thong (riemnoun).
a.To lock (a waggon-wheel) with chains or raw-hide thongs.
1835A. SteedmanWanderingsI. 182The banks being very steep, and the driver having objected to rhem the wheels, we descended with great rapidity into the bed of the river.
1850R.G.G. CummingHunter’s LifeI. 45Having rheimed or secured the two hind wheels by means of the drag-chains.
1851R. GrayJrnls of Two VisitationsII. 36He said he did not dare ‘reim’ (lock) the wheel; and that if went down with it unlocked, all would roll into the precipice below.
1856A.G. Bain inJ. BurmanGuide to Garden Route (1973) 43This road has been worn down in the course of ages by ‘remming’ (braking) at least two wheels of every wagon that descends it, into a deep channel from six to eight feet high.
a1858J. GoldswainChron. (1946) I. 3The drift was so narrow so that no one could go by the side of the Oxen and verey steep to go down to the water or cold we rim the wheal for if I had they Oxen wold have had to stop wile I had to on loos the wele.
1875‘P.’ inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 193Although the wheels were reimed and skidded to the utmost the incline was so steep that it appeared a miracle that the whole wagon and its contents were not turned bodily over upon the oxen yoked to the disselboom.
1876T. Stubbs Reminiscences. 21Old Fancutt said Master I think as how we had better lock her (Meaning to reim the waggon), My Father Thought he could Keep them back.
1878H.A. RocheOn Trek in Tvl 276John has bound it round with a good stout reim — ‘to reim’ is a verb peculiar to South Africa — I cannot but think the first stone..will sever the hide, thick as it is.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonI. 89One road from this place goes down to the river through a fearful valley, it is necessary to ‘riem’ (tie) the four wheels of the waggon, otherwise it would go crash down into the precipice below, and then turn over and be smashed.
1934B.I. BuchananPioneer Days 92When..he reached a short, rather steep dip he ‘rimmed’ (blocked by fastening a chain round the rim) both wheels on one side of the bus, with the inevitable result that the vessel promptly capsized.
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