from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. . A drink.
  • n. An imprecise measure of alcohol; a dash.
  • n. A dip; a low courtesy.
  • n. A little copper cup in which a diamond is held while being cut.
  • v. To fail or to plug (an examination, standard or grade)
  • v. To drink alcohol.
  • adj. Small zippered toiletries - used with kit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little copper cup in which a diamond is held while being cut.
  • n. A dip; a low courtesy.
  • intransitive v. To dip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dip or duck.
  • n. A diving bird; a diver.
  • n. A very low bow.
  • n. In diamond-cutting, the instrument into which the diamond to be polished is soldered by means of a fusible metal.
  • n. Cape brandy of a peculiarly fiery type. Also called cape smoke.


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  • The polisher fixes the cut stone firmly in a metallic holder called a dop, which is cleverly designed to hold the stone with much of one side of it exposed.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

  • He undertook to ensure that the government moved faster in the next five years on issues such as housing, education and the removal of the "dop" - system whereby farmworkers were paid in alcohol instead of wages.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In the so-called dop system, laborers were paid partly with a daily quotient of cheap wine.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Though "dop" payments were banned in the 1920s, the system carried on in many rural zones until apartheid ended in 1994.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • South Africa's problem is probably the result of the Cape wineland's historical "dop" (drink) system which involved the payment of farm workers with alcohol instead of wages.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Even though the "dop" system was outlawed in the 1960s, many believe it entrenched a culture of alcohol abuse that still exists today, with FAS as one of the consequences.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • This included the ground-breaking code of conduct launched last year, which committed Agri-Western Cape's 4000 members to empowering workers, eliminating the 'dop' system, supporting a broad process of land reform, and promoting partnerships with new and emerging farmers.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • On the "dop" system, which has been a persistent problem in the

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Organised agriculture in the Western Cape on Tuesday launched a code of conduct committing farmers to promoting "decent livelihoods" for their workers and eliminating the "dop" system.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Professor Leslie London of the University of Cape Town's department of community health told the committee that Dopstop, a non-governmental project aimed at tackling the illegal "dop" system and fighting alcohol abuse, was turned down when it applied for funding from the KWV wine trust fund.

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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  • Type of wax that holds a stone onto a dop stick.

    July 22, 2008