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hairyback (plural hairybacks)
- A gastrotrich.
- (South Africa, slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A white Afrikaner.
1986, Breyten Breytenbach, The true confessions of an albino terrorist, page 344:
- A mistake which is often made by our South African militants is to assume that we are cleverer than the police, that we can out-manoeuvre the 'hairybacks' and the 'rock spiders' […]
1990, Rian Malan, My Traitor's Heart: Blood and Bad Dreams, page 54:
- […] the tyranny of the rockspiders, crunchies, hairybacks, ropes, and bloody Dutchmen. Those were the names by which we referred to Afrikaners.