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.
1.1 (also strap) Nautical 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.
verb (strops, stropping, stropped)[with object] Back to top
Sharpen on or with a strop: he stropped a knife razor-sharp on his belt
More example sentences
- 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.
Words that rhyme with stropatop, bop, chop, clop, cop, crop, dop, drop, Dunlop, estop, flop, fop, glop, hop, intercrop, knop, kop, lop, mop, op, plop, pop, prop, screw-top, shop, slop, sop, stop, swap, tiptop, top, underprop, whop
Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun[usually in singular] British informal
1970s: probably a back-formation from stroppy.
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