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tou, noun

Forms:
Also touw, tow.
Origin:
Dutch, Afrikaans, Show more Dutch touw (later Afrikaans tou); cf. English tow.
1. Rope; a rope or thong, especially one by which a team of oxen is led. See also touleier, trektou sense a, voortou.
1824 G. Barker Journal. 23 Feb.Could not procure Duplicates of the cirtificates of pension, as Major Somerset was absent from home, nor did I receive payment for the tow for the same reason.
1948 H. Wolhuter Mem. 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).
2. With defining word: bush tou, monkey-rope.
1832 Graham’s Town Jrnl 12 Oct. 162Prisoner had a rope made of ‘bush touw,’ which he put round the neck of the hottentot and strangled him.
3. combination.
toutrek /ˈtəʊtrek/ [Afrikaans, trek pull], ‘tug-of-war’, a popular game at boeresport gatherings.
1970 Argus 24 Dec. 21There will be the toutrek (tug-o’-war) and kussingslaan (cushion fights on greased poles).
1990 [see volkspele].
Rope; a rope or thong, especially one by which a team of oxen is led.
bush tou, monkey-rope.

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