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sluit

[sloot] /slut/
noun
1.
(in South Africa) a deep, dry gulch or channel formed by erosion due to heavy rains.
Origin of sluit
1860-1865
1860-65; < Afrikaans sloot < Dutch: ditch
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  • Hiding away in sluit and river-bed and thorn thicket, every step of their flight had been attended with peril.

  • I crouched down in the sluit by the roadside and lay perfectly still—still as a hare—until the moon went in again.

    Aletta Bertram Mitford
  • At the point where the drift cuts the sluit the nullah is broad and extensive.

  • In front the said ground, perfectly open, sloped away gently to a sluit, constituting a first-rate arena for a rough-and-tumble.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • I despatched General Froneman to hold the river bank, and the sluit which descended to the river from the north.

    Three Years' War

    Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • Every kopje was a natural fortress, every sluit a perfect line of trenches, and every donga a nursery for death.

  • The Hottentot man put a leg of the kid under his coat and left the rest of the meat for the two in the sluit, and walked away.

    Dream Life and Real Life Olive Schreiner
  • One day, in the course of a walk, John and Jess crossed the little bridge that spanned the sluit and went in to inspect the place.

    Jess H. Rider Haggard
  • On the opposite side of the sluit from me a man staggered out from the trees—a white man—and fell.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • They were taking advantage of a sluit or furrow—crawling like serpents along in this precarious shelter.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford

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