vlam, noun

Forms:
Also flam.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, literally ‘flame’.
slang
a. blue train sense 2.
1977 Family Radio & TV 23 Jan. 19They brought out their own liquor: methylated spirits variously termed juice, mix or vlam. Of all the outies I met, only one, Willem, did not drink vlam...One bottle might kill a man who isn’t used to it.
1982 Sunday Times 16 May (Mag. Sect.) 1A younger ‘outie’ joins the congregation, bearing a bottle of ‘flam’ (methylated spirits). All the ‘outies’ eagerly partake of the ‘Blue Train’...Once the ‘flam’ is speedily downed, eyes become even more red-rimmed.
b. comb. (objective)
vlam-drinker.
1977 Family Radio & TV 23 Jan. 19Vlam-drinkers invite blindness as well as the severe liver and intestinal damage that afflicts alcholics.
1977 D. Muller Whitey 70A vlam-drinker exudes the distinct odour of a veteran primus stove.
blue train2.

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