Definition of strap in English:

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Pronunciation: /strap/


1A strip of leather, cloth, or other flexible material, used to fasten, secure, or carry something or to hold on to something: her bra strap the strap of his shoulder bag
More 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.
thong, tie, cord, band, belt, tape;
leash, lead
1.1A strip of metal, often hinged, used to fasten or secure something.
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: when Fred was naughty he’d give him the strap
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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.

verb (straps, strapping, strapped)

1 [with object and adverbial of place] Fasten or secure in a specified place or position with a strap: 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, pinion
1.1 [with object] British Bind (an injured part of the body) with adhesive plaster: the goalkeeper’s knee was strapped up
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  • On the bench, Claudio Reyna's left leg is all strapped up.
  • His hand was strapped up and he played on, such is the mentality in rugby league, and it was only afterwards that an X-ray revealed he had broken the bone.
  • After liposuction, the treated area will be firmly strapped with bandages or elasticated tape.
bandage, bind
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.
beat, flog, whip, leather, belt, thrash, lash, horsewhip, birch, cane, strike, hit, clout
informal wallop, whack, tan someone's hide, give someone a (good) hiding, beat the living daylights out of, lather, larrup
North American informal whale
archaic stripe, thong


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

Words that rhyme with strap

bap, cap, chap, clap, dap, entrap, enwrap, flap, frap, gap, giftwrap, hap, knap, lap, Lapp, map, nap, nappe, pap, rap, sap, schappe, scrap, slap, snap, tap, trap, wrap, yap, zap

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