American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heavy whip, usually made of animal hide.
- v. To hit or beat with a sjambok.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heavy whip of leather or hide.
- To strike with a sjambok.
- Afrikaans, from Malay cambuk, whip, from Hindi cābuk, from Persian chābuk, from Middle Persian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sjambok is the Baas 'cure for the traitor, and sometimes it kills to cure.”
“They had lived in a land where the sjambok was the symbol of progress.”
“Instead of using a "sjambok" smokers should be exhorted not to smoke and shown the dangers in and consequences of such a habit.”
“I do not know his name, but I heard one of the Boers say, 'That slim duyvel with the sjambok is the new Military Commandant.”
“On inquiring how he came to get such a tremendous thrashing, it turned out that these Basutus have a custom of sending young men of a certain age [+] out in couples, each armed with a good "sjambok" (a whip cut from the hide of a sea-cow), to thrash one another till one gives in, and that it was in one of these encounters that the intelligent Scowl got so lacerated; but, as he remarked with a grin, "_My_ back is nothing, the chiefs should see that of the other boy.”
“sjambok" serves as "a little bit of medicine" to cure the culprit,”
“Johnson's promised fuller analysis is now in development, with a Telegraph column suggesting that something subtler than police "sjambok drubbings" may be required.”
“I'll give you sjambok, my lady!" growls I, and lifted her bodily out of the swing, but even as I cast about for galloping room, she left off gnawing at me and panted: "Wait ... let me show you!”
“Then you notice his chest-high sjambok, the traditional whip made of hippopotamus hide, he uses in confrontations with other drivers.”
“The man told an horrific story of 'starvation and deaths from exhaustion and whippings on the farm; of work bent over from sunrise to sunset in long rows, picking up the potatoes, while behind them were sjambok-carrying' baas boys 'whipping anyone who straightened up through sheer exhaustion.”
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