AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, wit white + blits lightning.
a.mampoer.b.A colourless raw spirit, usually (illicitly) home-distilled from grape by-products after the grapes have been pressed for wine-making, but sometimes made from the fermented juice of other fruits; blits; white lightning, see whiteadjective sense 2.Cf. dopnoun sense 2 a i, withond. Also attributive.
1934Sunday Times 8 Apr. (Swart)‘Wit blits’ (white lightning) was the name given to peach brandy in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
1948Cape Times 21 July 16In cases of snakebite people on the platteland have always run for the witblitz.
1963J. PackerHome from Sea 172His thoughts, combined with the effects of the witblitz, seemed to pain him.
1966Economist (U.K.) 12 Mar. 1044Coloured people are drinking less, particularly the favoured types of plonk known affectionately as witblitz..and skokiaan.
1971L.G. GreenTaste of S.-Easter 204Some farmers made witblitz, others matured the sort of brandy that became liquid sunshine.
1980Rand Daily Mail 7 Oct. 5Mampoer, witblits and skokiaan — if you’ve ever stayed on a country farm you’ll have heard of this evil trio of home-brewed liquors. Mampoer comes from peaches, witblits from grapes, and skokiaan is a witches’ brew of tartaric powder, yeast, and a rather eerie imagination.
1983S. Afr. Panorama Apr. 22Witblitz is made from fermented grapes, apples, peaches, pears, apricots or plums, each with its own distinctive flavour and a high alcohol content.
1988D. Hughes et al.Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 332Witblits was a rough local brandy which was made by distilling the wet mash of skins and pips left at the bottom of the tank when the fermented must had been run off.
1991Personality 6 May 24A few slugs of mampoer (also known as witblits (white lightning)..).
A colourless raw spirit, usually (illicitly) home-distilled from grape by-products after the grapes have been pressed for wine-making, but sometimes made from the fermented juice of other fruits; blits; white lightning, see whiteadjective sense 2.
Hence witblitsadjectivenonce, fast, speedy.
1992Weekly Mail 6 Mar. 2Along the trail with a witblitz FW.
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