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riem, verb transitive

Forms:
reim, remShow more Also reim, rem, rhem, rim.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Probably from riem noun; 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 (riem noun).
obs.
1.
a. To lock (a waggon-wheel) with chains or raw-hide thongs.
1835 A. Steedman Wanderings I. 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.
1934 B.I. Buchanan Pioneer 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.
b. comb.
riem-chain, a chain used for locking the wheels of a wagon.
1860 W. Shaw Story of my Mission 352An accident occurred to the riem chain, or wheel-lock, of one of the wagons, while running down the rocky bank to the stream.
2. To tie with a leather thong or ‘riem’ (see riem noun sense 1 a).
1852 H. Ward Jasper Lyle 111‘And so now..I’ll reim the prisoner.’ ‘Reim the prisoner?’ said Ormsky...‘Tie him to the wagon wheel, master,’ answered May.
1878 T.J. Lucas Camp Life & Sport 43The oxen are ‘reimed’ together by the horns, and are inspanned in couples by means of a yoke of heavy wood, which rests horizontally upon their necks.
To lock (a waggon-wheel) with chains or raw-hide thongs.
To tie with a leather thong or ‘riem’ (see riemnoun1 a).
Derivatives:
Hence rieming verbal noun, the locking of a wheel.
1878 H.A. Roche On Trek in Tvl 280John’s constant ‘reiming’ makes it just hold, but it is very shaky.

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