Definition of hands-upper in English:

hands-upper

noun

South African
historical
  • A person who surrenders or who gives up on something; specifically (derogatory) a Boer who surrendered to the British during the Boer War (1899–1902).

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Contemporary Review. From hands-up + -er, apparently after Afrikaans hendsopper, (now usually) hensopper (beginning of the 20th cent.; from hendsop, (now usually) hensop to surrender + -er).

Pronunciation

hands-upper

/han(d)zˈʌpə/