1A device, typically a strip of leather, for sharpening straight razors.‘He taught his sons the Bible and beat them with a razor strop.’
- ‘First there are the six years, age six to twelve, of being beaten severely once a week with a razor strop by his ex-soldier father.’
- ‘My father was typical - he didn't hesitate taking the razor strop to me.’
- ‘Dad was one that when he got mad at us, he hit us with a razor strop.’
- ‘That segued into a series of small sounds: another drawer opening and closing, the little splash of water and the quick slapping of a razor against a strop a time or two.’
- ‘This can be done by rubbing away surplus metal with a grindstone, whetstone, oilstone, steel, ceramic rod, leather strop or the palm of your hand.’
- 1.1also strapNautical A rope sling for handling cargo.‘AB Troy Norris from HMAS Coonawarra Naval Stores lowers the strops from a crane.’
- ‘‘Unfortunately we couldn't get him into the strop because of his injuries,’ he said.’
- ‘The pilot ejected and Newcastle's sea boat was launched to help the aviator, arriving in time to help him into the winch strop of a Soviet rescue helicopter.’
- ‘Having arrived at the payload you can begin to rig the lift using either rope or the supplied attachment strops.’
- ‘Our feet were jammed into strops, our hands wrapped around canvas handles.’
transitive verbtransitive verb strops, transitive verb stropping, transitive verb stropped[with object]
Sharpen on or with a strop.‘he stropped a knife razor-sharp on his belt’
sharpen, whet, make sharp, make sharper, hone, file, strop
- ‘We stropped our straight razors, brandished horsehair wands.’
- ‘He'd seen her often in the past weeks: in the morning as he stropped his razor, in the evening as he wrung dingy water from his satin gloves.’
- ‘We'll do that by stropping, which work hardens this tiny filament and breaks it off.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘thong’, also as a nautical term): probably a West Germanic adoption of Latin stroppus ‘thong’.
nouninformal British usually in singular
A bad mood; a temper.
temper, fit of anger, fit of fury, fit of rage, fit of temper, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, towering rage, bad temper, pet, fit of pique, tantrum, fury, frenzy of anger, frenzy of rage, rampage, paroxysm of anger, paroxysm of rage, passion, bad mood, mood
- ‘Nathalie gets in a strop and makes to leave’
1970s probably a back-formation from stroppy.