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sjambok, noun

Forms:
chamboc, chambockShow more Also chamboc, chambock, chanbok, jamboc, jambok, samboc, sambock, sambok, sam-bok, sambuc, sambuck, schambok, shambock, shambok, sjamboc, sjambohk.
Origin:
South African Dutch, Malay, UrduShow more South African Dutch tjambok, sambok, sjambok from Malay tjambok, samboq, adaptation of Urdu chabuk horsewhip.
a. A heavy whip, formerly cut from rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide but now often made of plastic or rubber, used for driving animals or administering punishment. Also attributive. See also after sjambok, agteros sjambok, agter sjambok.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. I. 368Next morning my people were employed in cutting to pieces the hide of the hippopotamus, to make what in the country are called chanboc. These are whips for flogging the oxen.
1992 J. Pearce in South 27 Feb. 4The police hit a person with a sjambok or the buckle of a belt and they swear at you.
b. Figurative and transferred sense, usually attributive, alluding to violent, aggressive, or threatening behaviour.
1898 G. Nicholson 50 Yrs 169Gibeonites, and black ones at that, generally had to put up with a good allowance of ‘Sambok’ treatment in those days.
1992 C.M. Knox tr. of E. Van Heerden’s Mad Dog 5From some farmers a man simply wouldn’t take a job if he could possibly help it. These were the sjambok farmers, who gave you nothing but bokkems, mealie meal and trouble.
c. comb. (objective)
sjambok-carrying, sjambok-wielding participial adjectives.
1952 Drum Mar. 7At dawn..we were herded into the fields by horse-riding, sjambok-carrying black and white men.
1989 A. Donaldson in Style Aug. 96A youth being whipped by sjambok-wielding men while others stood around laughing.
A heavy whip, formerly cut from rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide but now often made of plastic or rubber, used for driving animals or administering punishment. Also attributive.
usually attributive, alluding to violent, aggressive, or threatening behaviour.

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