- 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 bagMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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)Back to top
- 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 seatsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with object] Beat (someone) with a strip of leather: I expected when my dad walked in that he’d strap himMore example sentences
- 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.