Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural toyi-toyis)
A dance step characterized by high-stepping movements, typically performed at protest gatherings or marches.
- The documentary also captures the archetypal South African war dance, the toyi-toyi.
- ‘For us, the toyi-toyi was like a weapon of war,’ says one of the activists in the film.
- A senior staff member present during the toyi-toyi pleaded with police not to arrest the students, saying it would make the situation worse.
verb (toyi-toyis, toyi-toying or toyi-toyiing, toyi-toyied)[no object]
Perform toyi-toyi dance steps: when the accused were brought back to court they were singing and toyi-toying
More example sentences
- In Port Elizabeth, close to 3000 teachers, nurses, police officers, prison warders and clerks marched on the city hall, carrying banners, toyi-toying and singing about having ‘empty stomachs’.
- When the Daily Dispatch arrived at the school yesterday afternoon, pupils were toyi-toying inside the school premises.
- This are the very guys who are toyi-toying for more money whilst the quality of their work leaves a lot to be desired.
Ndebele and Shona; probably introduced into South Africa by ANC exiles returning from military training in Zimbabwe.
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