Main definitions of strip in US English:

: strip1strip2

strip1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Remove all coverings from.

    ‘they stripped the bed’
    • ‘He stripped the bed and rolled the soiled coverlet about the night dress.’
    • ‘I stripped my bed of the familiar black bedspread and trudged back down the hall and to the stairs, after letting a loud yawn escape my mouth.’
    • ‘The bed had been stripped but she could fix that.’
    • ‘Bearing in mind I had just stripped the beds - why do we always want clean sheets ‘for Christmas’?’
    • ‘After the ependyma covering its ventricular surface is stripped away, the elongated caudate nucleus is exposed.’
    • ‘Many other servants came in to strip the bed and put new sheets and comforter on her monstrous bed.’
    • ‘At least that sheet was there so it saved me stripping the whole bed off.’
    • ‘She hit the button carelessly and continued to strip the bed, throwing her many pillows onto the carpet.’
    • ‘However, I had partially stripped the bed yesterday in my efforts to find it, but obviously had not gone down quite far enough.’
    • ‘The bed had been stripped all the way from the hangings to the bedwarmer.’
    • ‘He then stripped the bed of its linen and fetched new sheets and pillow cases from the closet.’
    • ‘There is a scene at the end, after they have left, when the maid comes in to strip the beds.’
    • ‘The sandy looking topsoil is stripped back to reveal its history.’
    • ‘Every morning each bed had to be stripped and remade with freshly ironed linen.’
    • ‘I generally strip the bed and toss the sheets in the washer.’
    • ‘Then I took down all the nets, washed them, stripped the beds and put up my new curtains.’
    • ‘Quickly, she stripped her bed of the pillows, sheet and quilt before folding it back into a settee.’
    • ‘I noticed that when a patient was discharged the bed was stripped and wiped down with sterile cloth.’
    • ‘‘He strips his own bed, does the vacuuming and makes his own pancakes,’ she said with a smile.’
    • ‘When she stepped out of her bathroom in new pajamas she quickly stripped her bed and pillow cases and replaced them.’
    1. 1.1 Remove the clothes from (someone)
      with object and complement ‘the man had been stripped naked’
      • ‘She already stripped him naked before the session.’
      • ‘He was stripped naked and dragged kicking and screaming to the lawn directly in front of City Hall.’
      • ‘She looked down and realized that she was stripped naked.’
      • ‘I had never felt this naked, even when the pirates had stripped me for my cleaning earlier that very day.’
      • ‘And he tells the story how he was stripped naked by the Gestapo to see if he was circumcised.’
      • ‘He was stripped of all clothes save for his shoes, the papers in his room in complete disarray.’
      • ‘They stripped us naked to make sure we weren't hiding anything else.’
      • ‘A few months before that, a 13-year-old student was stripped naked and paraded down the halls of her school.’
      • ‘His head and eyebrows were shaved, and he was stripped to the waist.’
      • ‘A feeding frenzy ensued - within minutes the unfortunate man was stripped of his clothes.’
      • ‘Malcolm stood still as his servant proceeded to strip him naked and dress him in fairly complicated clothes.’
      • ‘Dorian stripped to shorts and a tank top and he was rock hard and dry.’
      • ‘The CSKA fans managed to strip their players almost naked, leaving them with nothing but their shorts.’
      • ‘And then they took me in another room and stripped me naked again.’
      • ‘I was stripped of my clothes, my innocence, and my life.’
      • ‘You couldn't be more vulnerable if you were stripped naked and wheeled out on a trestle table for the waiting room to gawp at.’
      • ‘The second time I was arrested, I was even stripped naked in a room in the regional Parliament in Banda Aceh.’
      • ‘They strip him naked throw him on the muddy track and tell him to run laps.’
      • ‘There were bruises all over her body, and she had been stripped naked.’
      • ‘At one point a women was stripped to her bra in front of us.’
    2. 1.2no object Take off one's clothes.
      ‘she stripped down to her underwear’
      ‘they stripped and showered’
      • ‘I stripped off my clothes and stepped in to a waterfall of hot water.’
      • ‘Chris grinned and quickly stripped down to his plain black boxers before jumping into the hot tub.’
      • ‘Despite his efforts, however, Gooden stripped to his underpants and jumped.’
      • ‘I slowly strip off my clothes and get into the hot shower.’
      • ‘On an impulse you strip off all your clothes, swim into the centre of the lake and turn onto your back.’
      • ‘The Marine continued stripping, removing his belt.’
      • ‘So they all stripped naked, this included all piercing, and placed their clothes on the table.’
      • ‘The boys quickly stripped down to boxers and swan dived into the pond.’
      • ‘First, the women stripped, removing all clothing, jewelry and glasses; they were photographed while the men stayed clothed.’
      • ‘Is she the exhibitionist who stripped to her bra as she danced on the tables of pubs in Grimsby?’
      • ‘Surely she didn't expect her to strip in front of a complete stranger.’
      • ‘He pulled out the warmest clothes he could find, tossing them on the bed before quickly stripping himself of his pajamas.’
      • ‘I stripped off to my boxers and curled up under the covers.’
      • ‘He was just going to wait for her to strip to her underwear.’
      • ‘Once I get home, I strip off my clothes, toss them into the hamper and shower.’
      • ‘He had stripped naked in an attempt to free himself from the pesky pests.’
      • ‘Realizing this, we strip off our clothes and dance through the yard.’
      • ‘Quickly stripping down to my underwear and bra, I dashed towards my closet.’
      • ‘I stripped sown to my bathing suit and ran towards the lake but I stopped suddenly at the edge.’
      • ‘Apparently he didn't want to strip in front of hundreds of screaming girls.’
      undress, strip off, take one's clothes off, remove one's clothes, shed one's clothes, unclothe, disrobe, strip naked, denude oneself, expose oneself, reveal oneself, uncover oneself
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    3. 1.3 Pull or tear off (a garment or covering)
      ‘she stripped off her shirt’
      figurative ‘strip away the hype and you'll find original thought’
      • ‘‘Anytime anywhere,’ Merrick sneered as he stripped his shirt and followed her in.’
      • ‘She stripped the sweater and jeans, and dumped them in her locker.’
      • ‘She stripped the dress off and ran to her dresser.’
      • ‘He stripped his coat off and marched down the empty hallway.’
      • ‘I stripped his shirt, and examined the deep wounds on his chest.’
      • ‘I stripped my clothing off, donned a lab coat, and drove home where I left the clothes in the coal shed to ‘cool’ off.’
      • ‘She quickly stripped her shirt when she got into her bedroom and grabbed one from her walk in closet.’
      • ‘The acceleration strips the lining of the artery away faster than it can be replenished.’
      • ‘We use products that remove ‘bad’ oil and surface skin - thereby stripping away a crucial protective barrier.’
      • ‘He sighed, too tired to think anymore, and stripped off his shirt.’
      • ‘Within seconds he stripped off the fancy garment and flung it at Sir Miley.’
      • ‘Blood was on his jacket, and as he stripped his gloves off his hands, he stared at the three.’
      • ‘Several of the Marines stripped off their wet shirts and changed into their spares.’
      • ‘Then I took the wire cutters and stripped the casing off of the wire that was attached to the gate lock.’
      • ‘‘Black Mountain poetry is stripped bare of everything,’ an acolyte of Frank O'Hara said.’
      • ‘Upon stripping the dress from her lean body, Fionnabhair pulled the pants up around her hips and the tunic over her head.’
      • ‘He stripped the suit off, so he was only wearing a pair of boxer shorts and a thin shirt.’
      • ‘He stripped the leather gloves from his hands and pounded his fist into his steel palm with a clanking thud.’
      • ‘His style got results very quickly, but it was also stripping the lining from his stomach.’
      • ‘Julie has tears streaming down her face; Blaze just looks at his little brother as he strips his shirt off.’
      • ‘I rushed over to him, throwing my helmet off and stripping my gloves and jacket.’
    4. 1.4 Remove bark and branches from (a tree).
      • ‘The wood, long ago stripped of its bark and made brittle by countless freezes, snaps and crumbles in his hand.’
      • ‘A mature tree in Ballina's town park has been stripped of its bark and left to die after being attacked on Wednesday night last.’
      • ‘They strip the bark off trees to get at the sweet, sappy tissue underneath, damaging it badly.’
      • ‘These creatures are so efficient that a colony of them can strip a citrus tree of its leaves in a single night.’
      • ‘It used its large bill to strip the bark from trees that had recently died, exposing the beetle larvae that served as its dietary staple.’
      • ‘Six eucalypts were removed after metre wide sections of bark were stripped from the year-old trees in September last year.’
      • ‘Mike, Jane, Steve and Tara volunteered to help me strip the tree.’
      • ‘She closed her great jaws over the tree and stripped the branches and leaves from the main trunk.’
      • ‘Wear marks on the tusks suggest they were used to strip bark from trees, and possibly to dig up plants.’
      • ‘To prepare the tree for the sculpting process its bark would first be stripped away.’
      • ‘Some have become overgrown, while others have been lost forever due to grazing animals stripping bark from the trees.’
      • ‘The bird was at the very tip of a branch stripped bare of foliage.’
      • ‘I mean, the trees are stripped of their leaves and branches, but also the storm surge has had the most devastating result.’
      • ‘The bird strips the bark off dying trees with its powerful beak to get to insect grubs beneath.’
      • ‘Beavers fell trees, elephants trample plants, ants strip trees of bark, moles dig tunnels, and so the list goes on.’
      • ‘She pulled a small branch off a tree and began stripping it of its leaves.’
      • ‘They strip bark off of dying trees with their powerful ivory-colored bills to reach the bugs and larvae beneath.’
      • ‘She'd tried to convince him to strip the bark off, but listened to reason when Jinx explained that the bark worked as kindling.’
      • ‘We have a 4-month-old puppy that chewed and stripped the bark off a young cypress tree.’
      • ‘You might encounter one shoving over a tree or stripping it of leaves and bark.’
    5. 1.5 Remove (paint or varnish) from (a surface)
      ‘the floorboards can be stripped, sanded, and polished’
      ‘strip off the existing paint’
      • ‘If we are to develop a more realistic sense of place we will need to strip the varnish from some cherished myths about our island world.’
      • ‘I suspect that paint is being stripped in Wanganui.’
      • ‘Thinking quickly, Stephenson stripped the paint from his beer can, punched a hole in the bottom, and fixed it in place on the model.’
      • ‘They run out of beer by about 7pm so we then turned to the wine, which I'm afraid would have stripped the paint off any wall.’
      • ‘When the paint was stripped it revealed numerous scratches and old repairs.’
      • ‘All the paint had to be stripped and the corrosion rectified.’
      • ‘Use caution when stripping the paint from the pilot/step castings, as they are very fragile.’
      • ‘The aim of the study was to find a cheaper and less hazardous way of removing lead paint than stripping the paint off the walls.’
      • ‘Next job is to strip the varnish from the neck, and sand it down to the wood.’
      • ‘In 1999, a man from Essex, southeast England, left four families on his street homeless while trying to strip paint in his house.’
      peel, remove, take off, flake, scrape, scratch, shave, abrade, rub, clear, clean
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    6. 1.6 Remove the stems from (tobacco).
      • ‘Well, tobacco is stripped from the plant as large leaves.’
      • ‘When they feel crisp, strip them from the stems and store them whole in an airtight container, away from the light.’
      • ‘Lighter mildew doesn't hurt, because leaves are stripped from the stem.’
      • ‘It got to where I'd be stripping tobacco suckers from the plants, and I'd be able to sense a lurking copperhead.’
    7. 1.7 Milk (a cow) to the last drop.
      • ‘No sign of anyone but after a few minutes a bachelor farmer would shout from the byre that he was stripping the last cow.’
  • 2Leave bare of accessories or fittings.

    ‘thieves stripped the room of luggage’
    • ‘The room was identical to their room, once inhabited, now stripped bare.’
    • ‘There is no conventional set; instead everything is stripped bare and used in unconventional ways.’
    • ‘There were fears that the three-day meet would literally strip York bare of (still-rationed) food and drink.’
    • ‘The house was stripped back to bare walls, rebuilt and extended during the first half of the 1990s and is now finished to a high, modern standard.’
    • ‘The original interior has been stripped back to its bare shell and the exposed structure sandblasted.’
    • ‘This left the US-funded base to be stripped bare by locals.’
    • ‘The geese pull plants up by the roots to feed on them, stripping the ground bare.’
    • ‘Crowds of looters waited for it to beach firmly on a sand bank so that the serious business of stripping it bare could begin.’
    • ‘I lugged the box to the bare, stripped living room.’
    • ‘The day you announce they have been stripped bare, I'll buy you lunch.’
    • ‘A troubled theatre was forced to stay closed despite new managers taking over after it was stripped bare of its fixtures and fittings.’
    • ‘The room was stripped bare but there was no doubt that it was at one time a child's room.’
    • ‘The cockpit has been stripped to the bare bones and restoration will begin soon.’
    • ‘And it took just four days for those rabbits to strip Ben's plot bare of every one of his potential prize-winners.’
    • ‘Many shops that used to display ample stock on the sidewalk were stripped bare.’
    • ‘In February work will begin stripping the inside of the Midland House office block.’
    • ‘Greek temple pediments were stripped bare and the sculpture set into the pediments of temples in Rome.’
    • ‘Inside, the rooms are stripped bare, and Anju fingers through some remaining books and papers.’
    • ‘Australian phosphate mining over the past decades has stripped the island bare.’
    empty, clear, clean out, plunder, rob, burgle, loot, rifle, pillage, ransack, gut, lay bare, devastate, sack, ravage, raid
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    1. 2.1 Remove the accessory fittings of or take apart (a machine, motor vehicle, etc.) to inspect or adjust it.
      ‘the tank was stripped down piece by piece’
      • ‘Johnny developed a life long love for fixing things and could strip a tractor down and put it together again.’
      • ‘After that the pistol was detail stripped and inspected again.’
      • ‘It was partially stripped and disassembled, basically thousands of parts in boxes and no directions!’
      • ‘Police who stripped the van found rope and black adjustable ties.’
      • ‘We completely strip your machine down to the last nut and bolt then rebuild ensuring every component works perfectly.’
      • ‘Within minutes the squatters had stripped the car.’
      • ‘After taking a few hours to strip the car of everything they thought might be useful, they divided it amongst themselves.’
      • ‘Those used in racing events are stripped apart and studied for tolerance, performance and ride quality.’
      • ‘Directed to return to their units, the men responded by stripping the engines and airplanes of parts as souvenirs of the experience.’
      • ‘A market trader has told how he faces going out of business after overnight raiders stripped his van of £10,000 worth of goods.’
      • ‘At the 5,000 round mark we field stripped the rifle and inspected it.’
      • ‘But the last week has seen six attacks on cars in north Ryedale, with the cars being stripped of their valuable badges each time.’
      • ‘To remove the smell entirely, strip the insides of the car and steam clean everything.’
      • ‘The more dilapidated eastern end of the Turbine building was partly stripped and cannibalised for other parts of the building.’
      • ‘When Paul got to the shop, he stripped the car down to the bare chassis and inspected every nut and bolt.’
      • ‘You wouldn't have a clue, would you, until you pull it apart, and really stripped it down.’
      • ‘They'd stripped the prototype engine out and were constructing a more refined version.’
      • ‘The engines for USA must be built before the Canada engines are used, let alone stripped and inspected.’
      • ‘Without using tools at all you can strip the chassis down considerably.’
      • ‘Before starting to strip the engine we drained all the oil from the engine - noting a high metal content.’
      dismantle, disassemble, take to pieces, take to bits, take apart, break up, demolish
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  • 3strip someone ofDeprive someone of (rank, power, or property)

    ‘the lieutenant was stripped of his rank’
    • ‘If he didn't attend, King Thomas could strip him of his rank, which would cripple him magically.’
    • ‘Initially, many old warlords resisted the wide-ranging reforms that stripped them of their powers.’
    • ‘When they got no answers to their questions they banished out mortal forms and stripped Lord Dread of his powers.’
    • ‘Even then, Alucius would be stripped of most of his power.’
    • ‘Whether the entire foursome will be stripped of their medals will have to be seen.’
    • ‘But his request was rejected because he was stripped of Japanese citizenship when the war ended.’
    • ‘Found guilty of treason, the Fire Master was stripped of his rank and was made an outcaste from the society of Valis.’
    • ‘Ben Johnson originally won that race but was later stripped of his title for doping.’
    • ‘But then came a destructive burst that stripped the home team of the points.’
    • ‘Hitler immediately stripped Hess of all the ranks he held in the Nazi Party including being a party member.’
    • ‘Essex was executed; Southampton was imprisoned for life and stripped of his titles.’
    • ‘The department reinstated her, but stripped her of her rank as sergeant.’
    • ‘He was then stripped of his gold medal and condemned by the media and public.’
    • ‘For while it strips the president of apparent power, it also strips him of apparent culpability.’
    • ‘Kangueehi this week announced that Botes has been stripped of all his powers as chairman of the body's Doping Committee.’
    • ‘Another pro-nudism argument in poverty-stricken Brazil is that nakedness strips people of their social differences.’
    • ‘As of this moment, you will be stripped of any rank the Marine Corps might've given you.’
    • ‘Fine but if it does interfere I will be forced to strip you of your rank and I will take command of this ship.’
    • ‘After that he was stripped of the captaincy and left out for six matches.’
    take away from, dispossess, deprive, confiscate, divest, relieve, deny, rob
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  • 4Sell off (the assets of a company) for profit.

    • ‘We had to strip some assets from other star systems in order to deploy them near the border of Gaian territory.’
    • ‘These measures, at the very least, would not strip intellectual property owners of their right.’
    • ‘However, the newly created Civil Recovery Unit admitted it had not managed to strip assets from any of Scotland's ‘Mr Bigs’.’
    • ‘Assets were being stripped out of Germany to feed the French and the British.’
    • ‘Any takeover will now be done at a premium to get costs down, with companies looking to strip particular assets.’
    • ‘A private equity deal would have loaded the chain store with debt, slashed costs, and stripped the assets.’
    • ‘Corrupt managers strip their assets, while the firms' inefficiencies lead to the accumulation of nonperforming loans.’
    • ‘Assets were stripped and massive sums spirited out of the country.’
    • ‘It is ‘systematically stripping the wealth and assets of some of the country's poorest neighbourhoods’.’
    • ‘We have been stripped of substantial public assets and are further in debt than ever.’
    • ‘As Browne himself admitted, once acquisitions were stripped away, underlying production fell 2% in the previous year.’
    • ‘Until he is sentenced on May 10, it will not be known if the assets will be stripped from him by the courts.’
    • ‘The company says that underlying profits were up 55 per cent, if the ASP investment is stripped out.’
    • ‘Will he fund it like Roman, or will he strip it of its assets?’
    • ‘One is that the CEOs in question will be powerful enough to strip assets from their companies for their own gain - and get away with it.’
    • ‘He has stressed the consortium is keen to develop the business and has no plans to strip its assets.’
    • ‘Notebook resells second-hand laptops, and any that cannot be sold are stripped for parts.’
    • ‘Have the oligarchs stripped assets from the companies they acquired in privatization, rather than investing in them?’
    1. 4.1Finance Divest (a bond) of its interest coupons so that it and they may be sold separately.
      • ‘In any event, traditional dividend stripping fell out of favor as a tax strategy.’
      • ‘There is also a question of whether there is a scheme of dividend stripping.’
      • ‘This unique series of funds buy Treasury bonds stripped of their interest coupons.’
      • ‘Fimmda will publish the market rates for stripped zero coupon bonds on a monthly basis for valuation and tax purposes.’
      • ‘You can also buy the coupons instead of the stripped bond itself.’
  • 5Tear the thread or teeth from (a screw, gearwheel, etc.).

    • ‘Don't over do it, or you just end up stripping the screws.’
    • ‘Her skating partner has stripped the threads in an axle, due to a fall, and now he has a locked wheel.’
    • ‘What if, after all those years of talking to Beth to hold onto his sanity, he'd finally stripped his gears?’
    • ‘Since the receiver is aluminum it is possible to strip out the threads if you go overboard with the hex wrench.’
    • ‘Cowger says that being young, naive and anxious to please, when he'd stripped a bolt he would write out a repair ticket.’
    • ‘Getting the screw out can strip the bushing threads in the frame.’
    • ‘I'm not sure if the threads are stripped or what.’
    • ‘I have mounted other things and it felt like you could not tighten things up without stripping the screw in the steel.’
    • ‘Be extremely cautious as as you tighten the screws, so not to strip the screw holes.’
    • ‘After several attempts to make them fit, we stripped the threads.’
    • ‘Use quality tools and work with care so you don't strip the cleat bolts.’
    • ‘The factory that built your rifle knows how to disassemble it without stripping threads or breaking pins.’
    1. 5.1no object (of a screw, gearwheel, etc.) lose its thread or teeth.
      • ‘The Phillips screw had stripped, and Nettie knew she should have gone with a Robertson.’
      • ‘Hold the skate over the Allen wrench and place the stripped bolt directly on top of the Allen wrench, as centred on the hole as possible.’
      • ‘Don't use the electric screwdriver to torque down the screws - it can strip out the heads.’
      • ‘Ensure the fuze well is clean and the threads are not stripped.’
      • ‘One of the pins has come loose and the threads appear stripped, can I repair it?’
      • ‘The work was routine, but two stripped screws made the job more complicated and prevented the panel's removal.’
      • ‘Because of that, your bolts are much longer, and the bolt snapped rather than the aluminum thread stripping out.’
      • ‘It was at that point that the screw thread stripped and the pressure blew the whistle up in the air.’
      • ‘It had an ‘H’ harness like belt hanging on a hook, stripped of gear.’
      • ‘We were ready to remove the old squelch module when we quickly noticed that the top of the screw head was stripped.’
  • 6no object (of a bullet) be fired from a rifled gun without spin owing to a loss of surface.

noun

  • 1An act of undressing, especially in a striptease.

    ‘she got drunk and did a strip on top of the piano’
    • ‘Excuse self to find the ladies' room, indulging in a private strip for the mirror, just to see if I am sexy at all.’
    • ‘You don't seem overly concerned in the strip with keeping up a continuous narrative.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Used for or involving the performance of stripteases.
      ‘a campaigner against strip joints’
      • ‘She not only bares herself for your scrutiny on her blog, she bares all at a couple of strip joints.’
      • ‘Bourbon Street's world famous for its bars and strip joints.’
      • ‘Jason marched right up and into the strip joint, determined to get some directions.’
      • ‘He gets a tip from Mike that the Whale went to a strip joint.’
      • ‘Are you sure that the previous Egyptian mission surveillance photos weren't mixed with those from a 21st century strip joint?’
      • ‘A couple of weeks ago the Don Hotel, the last of the city's legendary strip joints, closed its doors.’
      • ‘My stripping ‘career’ didn't begin in a sleazy strip joint, conveniently located on the side of some local highway.’
      • ‘I was working in this strip joint in Louisville about two years ago.’
      • ‘The story, as most people must know, concerns the efforts of six men to raise money for their wives and families by performing a strip act.’
      • ‘First, most of the sailors can't afford Manhattan's strip joints.’
      • ‘It became a club hit in the US, and is apparently still a staple in strip joints.’
      • ‘Clubs and strip joints were open for business, and dark pubs were filled to the brim with chilled customers.’
      • ‘So are strikes carried out by illegal-immigrant operatives with a fondness for strip joints living in the United States.’
      • ‘Caesars is reputed to be the hottest strip joint in Kingston.’
      • ‘By dives, you mean bars, strip joints, greasy spoon places?’
      • ‘Bars and strip joints were the only buildings on the side of the long street.’
      • ‘Disability does nothing to dampen his interest in smoking, drinking, skiving school and visiting strip joints.’
      • ‘What kind of person goes into a strip joint at midday on the weekend?’
      • ‘One spot that should not be missed downtown is Fremont Street, where a large number of casinos and strip bars are located.’
      • ‘The Europa was a strip joint, drug den and haven for hookers, particularly under-age girls.’

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stropen. strip (sense 2 of the noun) arose in the late 20th century, possibly from the notion of clothing to which a player ‘strips’ down.

Pronunciation

strip

/strip//strɪp/

Main definitions of strip in US English:

: strip1strip2

strip2

noun

  • 1A long, narrow piece of cloth, paper, plastic, or some other material.

    ‘a strip of linen’
    • ‘Tape a strip of paper or fabric ribbon around the jar.’
    • ‘Place into bowls, and top with tortilla strips, cheese and chives.’
    • ‘The top strip was blue so that the sky looked right, and the bottom stripe was green for any shots of grass.’
    • ‘They are good in sandwiches or cut into strips on top of a salad.’
    • ‘Place green salad on individual plates and top with chicken strips.’
    • ‘Carefully, she cut several holly leaves out of a strip of green paper and three berries out a piece of vivid crimson.’
    • ‘Then I placed two strips of 1/4-inch foam core between the top mat and the gold matboard.’
    • ‘She flounced a few inches away, then began tearing strips off the sheet.’
    • ‘Cut across the strips to produce a pile of very thin slices.’
    • ‘Initial tests of the strips have been successful when Devro's products have been compared with other brands.’
    • ‘She had on a pair of pale pink track pants, with grey running down the legs in two thin strips, a black top, and a blue jacket.’
    • ‘So, starting today, there's a new strip running across the top of the front page of this site for a phoneblog.’
    • ‘Pressing them on top of the cut, he secured them with the strips.’
    • ‘As they neared the hatch to the main section of the ship, he began to tear off strips and apply it over the cracks in the captain's helmet.’
    • ‘Then add several strips of cucumber next to the crab and on top of the avocado.’
    • ‘Even without these boundaries, there are good visual and organizational reasons to put strips of commands at the top of the screen.’
    • ‘The magnetic strip is read and used to produce a new card or buy goods online.’
    • ‘Served on a bed of rice, this consisted of soft strips of veal topped with hot prunes, all liberally sprinkled with sesame seeds.’
    • ‘The top and the decorative strip are characteristic of Chinese bells and commonly found on Choson bells.’
    • ‘I eat cheese every day, so my favorite lunch is a thin-crust pizza topped with chicken strips.’
    narrow piece, piece, bit, band, belt, ribbon, sash, stripe, bar, swathe, slip, fillet, shred
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    1. 1.1 A long, narrow area of land.
      • ‘I began to slowly swim around, trying to find a strip of land on the horizon, but all that was visible was pure ocean blue.’
      • ‘In the villages most people own a strip of land and grow their own food.’
      • ‘Between each plot, there's a strip of no-man's land disguised as a hedge or a ditch.’
      • ‘In this case, the area was a strip of beach about a hundred yards long.’
      • ‘The other nine soldiers who had had nothing else to do had spent all day clearing out a strip of land for a runway.’
      • ‘The island was narrow, a strip of land about twenty miles long, running in a north-south direction.’
      • ‘The most productive row crop fields occupy the narrow strip of flat land by the river.’
      • ‘In this sense, peasants were simply tenants who worked a strip of land or maybe several strips.’
      • ‘On Tuesday just six caravans were occupying a strip of land destined to house a £500,000 youth club and multi-use hall.’
      • ‘Card can also be used for borders, with separate strips to define planting areas.’
      • ‘This erosion hazard area is the strip of land that should disappear within the next 30 years, given the historical erosion rate.’
      • ‘The Lido in Venice is a strip of land dividing the lagoon from the Adriatic, just a short vaporetto ride from St Mark's.’
      • ‘The bitumen-surfaced path has been created by buying a strip of land along the edge of the field next to the road.’
      • ‘Compared to a strip of land in Hungary, it's a cinch.’
      • ‘A riparian zone is a strip of land extending on average 10-30m from a designated river.’
      • ‘This had been a lake with a strip of land connecting the Welsh and Wexford coasts in the south.’
      • ‘We've taken 30 acres out of production already for double-wide waterways and filter strips.’
      • ‘Grass buffers are narrow strips of land between the crop and stream.’
      • ‘Cabinet Magazine would like you to buy a strip of land in New Mexico.’
      • ‘An area of 2,000 square metres is equivalent to a strip of land just 100 metres long and 20 metres wide.’
    2. 1.2North American A main road in or leading out of a town that is lined with shops, restaurants, and other facilities.
      • ‘We stopped and ate in a historically-rich diner joint in the main strip.’
      • ‘And since one of the slopes that slipped faced Miami's main business strip, everyone in town knew that the cows had saved the day.’
      • ‘There is an emergency command center in a hotel here right on the strip.’
      • ‘But not all of Vegas' attractions are nestled on the main strip.’
      • ‘Nelson agreed and they said goodbye as the Ryan women walked out into the main strip of town.’
      • ‘His dream is to make all the foreshores a continuous strip of over priced cafes topped with similarly overpriced apartments.’
      • ‘I had a big smile on my face and was practically skipping back towards the main strip.’
      • ‘The nightclub was one of the newest on the main strip of Sunset City and bore the city's name.’
      • ‘Instead of shooting each other, they ran around lining up cars on the main strip.’
      • ‘On weekend nights dancing, laughing and music can be heard spilling from the bars, clubs and restaurants that line the strip.’
      • ‘So next week The News will be coming from the Flamingo Casino on the strip in down town Las Vegas.’
      • ‘Heaving my own sigh of defeat, I led her out of the strip of town.’
      • ‘Galleries line Ocean Avenue, the town's main strip, but area museums are also a good bet.’
      • ‘At Studio Bliss, a recently opened spa on the St-Laurent strip, you can double your pleasure with a four-hand massage or soak up a rain massage.’
      • ‘The main pastime in town was cruising the strip, so we headed over there in the afternoon to see what we could find.’
      • ‘This is really the main strip in Biloxi, at least where the hotels and the casinos are.’
      • ‘As soon as we finished setting up our tent, we hightailed it to the main strip.’
      • ‘Sarah's favorite eatery was located not too far from Centreville's main strip - Acadia Road.’
      • ‘Wesley high school stood in the middle of town just off the main strip of Wesley road.’
      • ‘As they began to walk down the main strip Janine spoke up.’
    3. 1.3 Steel or other metal in the form of narrow flat bars.
      • ‘Her hand trembled with the effort of keeping the metal sensor strip in place.’
      • ‘Sgt Smith said he later discovered the weapon was not a sword, but a metal carpet strip or carpet gripper.’
      • ‘I grabbed onto the long strip of metal slipped through the handles of the door.’
      • ‘He hooked the leather-lined, broad strip of bronze around his corded-muscle mid-section.’
      • ‘This contains a thin, flat strip made of a layer of iron and a layer of brass soldered together, and bent into a coil.’
      • ‘The hold I had on my brother's hand got even tighter as the doctor began to gradually urge the thin strip of metal out of my body.’
      • ‘If she had felt the thick strip of metal down my side, she certainly would have been curious.’
      • ‘You press a remote control button on your pole handle and - voila - a thin metal strip extends from the sides of your skis.’
      • ‘The tail has a raised appearance with large light clusters and that single metal strip gives it a very distinctive look.’
      • ‘Most noticeable were the metallic spheres, the red strip of indented metal in the center shining ominously when the light hit.’
      • ‘The strip of metal was light enough on his shoulder and he could, for a while longer, ignore the steady drip of water down his neck.’
      • ‘The island's butcher-block top is divided into two sections by an undulating strip of stainless steel.’
      • ‘It is just a long metal strip with a little keypad and monitor on it that will fuse itself to your glove.’
      • ‘The caster roll is used in the manufacture of metal plate, strip, sheet, or foil.’
      • ‘‘Not bad for your first time, Davis,’ Johnson says as I cross the metal strip that marks the end of the course.’
      • ‘A fully electronic unit, it consists of a wide, flat strip that extends into the tank, topped by a cap housing the electronics.’
      • ‘Attached to the box was a long, metal strip that extended about twenty feet.’
      • ‘The driver nodded once and pressed a narrow strip of metal to the floor.’
      • ‘Wrought zinc and zinc alloys may be obtained as rolled strip, sheet and foil; extruded rod and shapes; and drawn rod and wire.’
      • ‘She had it re-framed in a wide black frame with a narrow gilded strip at the sight edge.’
  • 2A comic strip.

    • ‘In lieu of that, there's always this reissue of the original strip in book form.’
    • ‘His obsessive past-time of penning cartoons eventually paid off in 1977, when his strip, Life In Hell, debuted.’
    • ‘Born in 1929, Han worked as a strip cartoon artist for the Shanghai Art Publishing House for decades.’
    • ‘Steve also brings us our weekly strip cartoon Back Yard, which you can read on Page 20.’
    • ‘The comic was originally designed so that it could be a Sunday strip in the newspapers, but that was not to be.’
    • ‘Also, in the final strip, there's a fine caricature of a Wily's Overland, rather than the standard Jeep, which would have been easier to draw.’
    • ‘Three times during the weekend, other cartoonists had to physically restrain him from creating a new strip.’
    • ‘As revealed in the Evening Press, the change of image for the Minstermen includes plans for a new strip for next season.’
    • ‘But there are some strips from the original comics that influenced him.’
    • ‘I sketched out a strip and this got me into the school.’
    • ‘Evidence from local people suggest the name came from a strip cartoon in the comic Dandy entitled Danny and his Grockle.’
    • ‘In lieu of an entry today, I give you this: the first strip in my new comic series, ‘Scutmonkey’.’
    • ‘It consists of a series of pictures carved from alabaster, which read from left to right like a strip cartoon.’
    • ‘There's more to it than Marc Bell, whose playfully obtuse strips and illustrations get most of the attention.’
    • ‘Tokaii's satire strips were the hit item of the erstwhile weekly magazine ‘Bichitra’.’
    • ‘The first strip was published in 1992 in the Weekly Mail, which has since become the Mail and Guardian.’
    • ‘Lee, as you requested, here are some rough outlines of my next few strips.’
    • ‘The book was an analysis of the capitalist ethic in Disney comics, illustrated with hundreds of strips.’
    • ‘The Times took a few strips from the Mirror (Pogo was one) but cast the others adrift.’
    • ‘Perhaps the paper might toy with the idea of further endorsing the country's cartoon talent with a full page of strips?’

Origin

Late Middle English: from or related to Middle Low German strippe ‘strap, thong’, probably also to stripe.

Pronunciation

strip

/strip//strɪp/