Definition of hands-upper in English:

hands-upper

Pronunciation /han(d)zˈʌpə/

noun

historical South African
  • 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.