a1858J. GoldswainChron. (1946) I. 66They leaders was forst to lay hold of the toe and they drivers had to walk to keep the Oxen [from] turning round as the Storm was beating in the frunt of the Oxen.
1914Farmer’s Annual 43The filthy hands of the milkers from grasping dirty sticks and span tows.
1928N. DevittBlue Lizard 125The latter was to throw the head riem — the touw, as transport riders call it — on to the horns of the front oxen as they entered the water.
1937H. SauerEx Afr. 124The voorloper — the native who watches the oxen while feeding and takes the ‘tow’ on difficult or congested portions of the road.
1938F.C. SlaterTrek 43O’er stones and scrub we’ll rattle and rub — So stretch the touw, and on we’ll go.
1941A.G. BeeKalahari Camp Fires (1943) 71The youngster hung on to them and tried to drag them back when suddenly we heard him shriek as the lion snatched him away from the ‘touw’ (leading thong) round the oxen’s horns.
1948H. WolhuterMem. of Game Ranger 9I would assist him with the herding of the oxen; cook his food; take the tow (the leading ‘riem’ attached to the heads of the two front oxen so that the team could be led when necessary).
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