Sabra (1939-1941); Pita, Pitah (1936)
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Named (in part) after a beard advertisement? (Your unshaven face was said to
resemble the "sabra" prickly pear cactus, a native of Palestine.)
[ad. mod.Heb. brh prickly pear.]
1. (Also with small initial.) A Jew born in Palestine (see _PALESTINIAN_
x_to_show=10&single=1&sort_type=alpha&xrefword=Palestinian) a. and n.) or,
after 1948, in Israel (see _ISRAEL_
efword=Israel) 3). Also attrib.
1945 Zionist Rev. 16 Nov. 8/2 Of course I was born here. No, I am not a new
immigrant, not even an old one; I am a sabra. 1946 _KOESTLER_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-k.html#koestler) Thieves in Night I. ii. 9 They
were They wnicknamed after the thorny, rather tasteless fruit of the cactus,
grown on arid earth, tough, hard-living, scant. Ibid. II. ii. 95 These
Sabra-boys regard a glass of wine as something like opium or hashish. 1949 Promise
& Fulfilment 222 He is a sabra, with a pleasant open face and good physique.
1958 M. E. SPIRO Children of Kibbutz p. x, My research problem, therefore,
was restricted to the relationships between kibbutz child training and sabra
(one born and raised in a kibbutz) personality. 1971 Times 28 Sept. (Israel
Suppl.) p. iv/4 Only two of the 18 Ministers in Israel's Government are
sabras, native Israel Jews... There is no sabra university president. 1977 Time 4
July 16/1 Begin's predecessor, Yitzhak Rabin, was a nonobservant Sabra who
often seemed uncomfortable wearing a yarmulke and unfamiliar with the words of
2. (See quots.)
1970 House & Garden Nov. 139/1 Sabra is a new liqueur from Israel..a blend
of Jaffa orange and chocolate. 1975 Times 11 Jan. 11/5 Sabra, the Israel
liqueur made with bitter oranges and a very bitter Swiss chocolate.
12 May 1939
The "Sabra" is a native of Palestine. All men say that the strong
Palestinian sun makes hair grow stiffer and more stubborn.
As hard and prickly as a cactus the Sabra Beard plays mischief with a man's
SHEMEN SHAVING CREAM
5 June 1939
No matter how tough the Sabra Beard may be--your razor glides through the
smooth lather of Shemen Shaving Cream.
25 July 1939
as hard and prickly as the
cactus needles, will yield to
28 April 1941
It's the topic of the moment--next to politics--for even the toughest "Sabra
Beard" as hard and prickly as the cactus needles, yields to its magic
30 September 1941
Neither was the "native" Palestinian-born "sabra" neglected.
2 November 1942
_Is yours a_
The "Sabra" Beard is a native of Palestine. All men say that the strong
Palestine sun makes hair grow stiffer and more stubborn. The persistent and
stubborn "Sabra" beard does not yield to ordinary shaving preparations but it will
completely surrender itself to the magic creaminess of
26 September 1944
THE Mayor of Rishon le Zion is a native of this country. Zerubabel Habib,
who has just turned fifty, went to the Herzlia School in Tel Aviv, and after
College in Constatinople and Montpelier, returned to become a farmer. He is
thus completely rooted, and the village which has become a country town is
legitimately proud of his record. It will no doubt inspire many another "sabra."
30 March 1936
Bread was Khalil's greatest desire and dancing was his life. His bulging
muscles produced a ravenous appetite which could never be satisfied. For a chunk
of "pitah," usually produced by Abraham, the Communist, Khalil would spend
the lunch hour dancing.
15 July 1936
JAFFA, Tuesday.--Two local notables, George Abdul Nour and Mahmoud Mafoudi,
were taken ill here yesterday morning after having eaten cheese and "pita" at
a Cafe in Ajami Road.
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