from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as riem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun South Africa A strip of oxhide, deprived of hair, and rendered pliable, -- used for twisting into ropes, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun South Africa A strip of oxhide, deprived of hair and made pliable, used for twisting into ropes, etc.


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  • Bandied from one department to another, humiliated, reim - prisoned, released, harangued, he had preserved his dignity and his policies throughout.


  • Maliwe then closed the gate, tied it securely with a reim, and pulled several large bushes against it.

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  • They were perfectly naked, except that each wore the usual stert reim.

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  • "What the green reim does teach them," explained Lady Hannah, secretly aghast at her own temerity, "is, not to be found out next time."

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  • After that none of the servants would pass near these two graves later than sundown, and Bough welted the Barala boy with an ox-reim for scaring silly jades of women with lying tales.

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  • Bough took an ox-reim then, that was coiled behind his saddle, and bound her hands.

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  • Then Bough bent over and drew his long hunting-knife and cut the reim, leaving her hands still bound.

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  • The Cape boys who tramped, each leading a fore-ox by the green reim bound about the creature's wide horns, had no energy left even to swear at their beasts.

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  • Never a fib since last I gave him the ox-reim end to taste.

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  • This little incident put me into rather a better humour, especially as the buck had rolled over right against the after-part of the waggon, so I had only to gut him, fix a reim round his legs, and haul him up.

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