spot, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more Probably elliptical for English nightspot club; or transferred use of spot a drink.
In township slang: shebeen sense 1. Also attributive.
1976 M. Tholo in C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo (1980) 99One man arrived..soused. Everybody jumped up and asked, ‘Where did you get wet?’ I mean especially on Sunday, and when the children thought they had wiped out liquor. So he just laughed and said, ‘I am not telling because I don’t want my spot uncovered.’
1979 M. Matshoba Call Me Not a ManThey went to this particular ‘spot’ which was run by a cute sister..and bought with ten rand notes.
1981 Frontline May 12With a little financial help from some friends, like the big liquor companies, a newspaper appears monthly. (It’s called eSpotini, At The Spot. ‘Spot’ is a nickname for a shebeen.)
1982 M. Mzamane Children of Soweto 80Molly herself..ran a spot (which is our euphemism for a drinking joint) at her house.
1982 Voice 24 Jan.At Timmy’s spot...Just then Timmy the spot owner walks in.
1982 New Dawn Aug. 16New Dawn set out meeting shebeen owners. You have to get out there to meet the people behind the ‘spots’ and their clients to understand that shebeens are actually mild palliatives for..the people.
1982 Fair Lady 1 Dec. 183The NTA (National Taverners’ Association) claims to have an affiliation of more than 6000 shebeeners throughout the country and brings out a newspaper called eSpontini — ‘On the Spot’ (‘Spot’ being township slang for a shebeen).
1983 Pace Dec. 152Two types of shebeens. First is the ‘big-time’ spot run by a full-time owner (usually male)...Next are the small-time shebeens, usually run by females to augment their husband’s meagre wages.
1987 Learn & Teach No.3, 36Try not to drink too much liquor...Stay away from the ‘spot’ for a while.
1989 E. Prov. Herald 11 Jan. 2Mr Q— died..after he allegedly attempted to escape while pointing out ‘spots’ in Sebokeng township.
shebeen1. Also attributive.

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