Definition of strap in English:


Syllabification: strap
Pronunciation: /strap


  • 1A strip of leather, cloth, or other flexible material, often with a buckle, used to fasten, secure, or carry something or to hold onto something: her bra strap the strap of his shoulder bag
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    • Over his battle tunic went the clean white leather belts and honest straps.
    • Combined with a fetching ensemble of white leather belts and straps, the effect is arresting.
    • It had school satchel style leather straps and buckles instead of Velcro or twist fasteners.
  • 1.1A strip of metal, often hinged, used to fasten or secure something.
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    • The hinges are flat straps across the front, which bend over the pintles and form a short neat strap on the back, ending in split curls.
    • The hinge straps are designed like little twigs.
    • The application is decorative, not structural, as evidenced by the metal straps suspending the logs.
  • 1.2 (the strap) Punishment by beating with a strip of leather.
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    • Constantly, she reminded herself that it was normal - everyone else got the strap and it was only a matter of time until she did.
    • Most kids were never given the strap because they knew better.
  • 1.3 variant form of strop1.

verb (straps, strapping, strapped)

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  • 1 [with object] Fasten or secure in a specified place or position with a strap or seat belt: I had to strap the bag to my bicycle the children were strapped into their car seats
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    • The upper level contained gear, strapped, buckled and secured for the flight, every inch of space utilized for the transport.
    • If you fancy carrying Labradors and green wellies in the back of this car, make sure they are securely strapped in.
    • The guns and knives were securely strapped to the many compartments of the bag assuring his own safety.
    fasten, secure, tie, bind, make fast, lash, truss
  • 2 [with object] Beat (someone) with a strip of leather: I expected when my dad walked in that he’d strap him
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    • A man who sued the Catholic Church after being strapped by a schoolteacher 17 years ago was awarded more than £1 million damages yesterday.
    • The teachers were always yelling and threatening everyone and strapping us with a leather belt.


late 16th century (denoting a trap for birds, also a piece of timber fastening two objects together): dialect form of strop1.

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