- 1A device, typically a strip of leather, for sharpening straight razors.More 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.
- 1.1 (also strap) Nautical A rope sling for handling cargo.More example sentences
- 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 beltMore 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'thong', also as a nautical term): probably a West Germanic adoption of Latin stroppus 'thong'.