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skof, noun2

Forms:
schoff, schoftShow more Also schoff, schoft, scoff, shoft, skoff, skoft.
Plurals:
skofs, occasionally ‖skofte /ˈskɔftə/, and (formerly) skoften.
Origin:
South African Dutch, Afrikaans, DutchShow more South African Dutch schoft (later Afrikaans skof), stage of a journey, transferred use of Dutch schoft three hours’ work, shift, quarter of a day.
1. A leg or stage of a journey; obsolete. except in historical contexts, the distance or period of travel between outspans; the distance travelled by an ox-wagon in a day. Cf. scoff noun, trek noun sense 3.
1785 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 132Four such hours with a horse, or with eight oxen are reckoned to make one skoft.
1973 J. Meintjes Voortrekkers 51The obstinate Jan Pretorius and his companions journeyed on for about a month, time being reckoned by day-treks or skofte.
2. transferred sense. A stage in the game of jukskei (see jukskei sense 2 a).
1991 Sunday Times 7 Apr. 26In Thursday’s ‘Test’ the Bokke and the Rest were locked on 22-all in the first skof. When the Bokke chucked the peg down by accident the three points took them over 23 for a ‘bust’ and they had to start all over again, trailing 0–22...You must understand that to win a skof, which is worth five points, you first have to score 23 points, exactly.
A leg or stage of a journey; obsolete. except in historical contexts, the distance or period of travel between outspans; the distance travelled by an ox-wagon in a day.
A stage in the game of jukskei (see jukskei2 a).

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