- 1A long, narrow band or strip differing in colour or texture from the surface on either side of it: a pair of blue shorts with pink stripesMore example sentences
- I bought a black sleeveless Lycra shirt with yellow and white diagonal stripes across the chest.
- A short-sleeved turquoise T-shirt with horizontal white stripes was found near her body.
- I asked this young woman dressed in a black blouse and black skirt both of which had white pin stripes.
- 2A chevron sewn on to a uniform to denote military rank: he was wearing his old uniform without its sergeant’s stripesMore example sentences
- The epaulettes on the choker tunic of his black naval uniform bore the four stripes of his rank.
- He was being so proud in his uniform, showing the stripes of his rank and smiling that smile.
- Rifle squad leaders and weapon platoon section heads donned staff sergeant stripes.
- 3chiefly North American A type or category: entrepreneurs of all stripes are joining in the offensiveMore example sentences
- Parallel to the development of the domestic stripe is the evolution of another category - the aristocratic stripe.
- True believers of every stripe describe their vision of what taxpayer money, talent, and hope can do.
- The second and much rarer stripe of drinker is your peer, the fully functional alcoholic.
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- Mark with stripes: her body was striped with bands of sunlightMore example sentences
- It's easy to imagine them as the pin striping grease monkeys they've often portrayed in their type promotions.
- I'm especially appreciative of the fact that sock number two is striping the same as sock number one.
- With the exception of RAID 1, the other RAID levels provide I / O load balancing by striping data across disks.
earn one's stripes
- Gain a higher rank in the military.More example sentences
- Each man was dedicated to the mission, each had earned his stripes.
- The former Graeme College pupil underwent 30 weeks of hard training to earn his stripes.
- He hates egghead officers like Lieutenant Tommy Hart who haven't earned their stripes at the front.
- Deserve a position, status or reputation through work or achievements: she’s earning her stripes by showing how hard she’s willing to workMore example sentences
- The mighty Queen Mary 2, named by the Queen on January 8, 2004, is still earning its stripes.
- He will be joined by his brother Henry; a gifted singer/songwriter who earned his stripes in the blues clubs of Chicago.
- According to NSW Agriculture director general, Dr Kevin Sheridan, he has certainly earned his stripes.
late Middle English: perhaps a back-formation from striped, of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German strīpe.