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strop 1

Pronunciation: /strɒp/

noun

A device, typically a strip of leather, for sharpening razors.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb (strops, stropping, stropped)

[with object]
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.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'thong', also as a nautical term): probably a West Germanic adoption of Latin stroppus 'thong'.

Words that rhyme with strop

atop, 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

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strop 2

Pronunciation: /strɒp/

noun

[usually in singular] British informal
A bad mood; a temper: Nathalie gets in a strop and makes to leave
More example sentences
  • For a strop that would have embarrassed a two year old, Jon Drummond should hang his head in shame.
  • And she failed the group task by throwing a big strop.
  • I can't find anybody with this exact problem, but I'm guessing it's to do with SATA drivers and XP having a strop.

Origin

1970s: probably a back-formation from stroppy.

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