One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A device, typically a strip of leather, for sharpening straight razors.
- ‘This can be done by rubbing away surplus metal with a grindstone, whetstone, oilstone, steel, ceramic rod, leather strop or the palm of your hand.’
- ‘That segued into a series of small sounds: another drawer opening and closing, the little splash of water and the quick slapping of a razor against a strop a time or two.’
- ‘My father was typical - he didn't hesitate taking the razor strop to me.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Dad was one that when he got mad at us, he hit us with a razor strop.’
- 1.1also strapNautical A rope sling for handling cargo.
- ‘AB Troy Norris from HMAS Coonawarra Naval Stores lowers the strops from a crane.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘Unfortunately we couldn't get him into the strop because of his injuries,’ he said.’
- ‘Having arrived at the payload you can begin to rig the lift using either rope or the supplied attachment strops.’
- ‘Our feet were jammed into strops, our hands wrapped around canvas handles.’
Sharpen on or with a strop.‘he stropped a knife razor-sharp on his belt’
sharpen, whet, make sharp, make sharper, hone, fileView synonyms
- ‘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 stropped our straight razors, brandished horsehair wands.’
- ‘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’.
usually in singular A bad mood; a temper.‘Nathalie gets in a strop and makes to leave’
temper, fit of anger, fit of fury, fit of rage, fit of temper, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, towering rage, bad temper, pet, fit of pique, tantrum, fury, frenzy of anger, frenzy of rage, rampage, paroxysm of anger, paroxysm of rage, passion, bad mood, moodView synonyms
- ‘No wonder he has strops all over the place and is arrogant and self-obsessed.’
- ‘Childhood birthday parties are made of sulks and strops, and are all the better for it.’
- ‘For a strop that would have embarrassed a two year old, Jon Drummond should hang his head in shame.’
- ‘The entire family was in a strop because of my sister.’
- ‘The trademark guitars can still get in a strop, but mariachi horns and orchestral flourishes evoke Cinerama's widescreen dramas.’
- ‘Simonsen's strop around his area, tapping his index finger to his head, was a desperate attempt to cast blame where it did not belong.’
- ‘When a stiff back and querulous bottom-lip signals a looming mini-starlet strop in daughter Caitlin, Mr Bear is immediately whipped out.’
- ‘My strop has already been immortalised on this blog and it is unfair to bring it up again.’
- ‘Sulks and strops become the norm as alcopops and body piercings replace Barbie dolls and Action Men.’
- ‘I can't find anybody with this exact problem, but I'm guessing it's to do with SATA drivers and XP having a strop.’
- ‘So she sent out a short email having a strop about things.’
- ‘I frowned and got off the bed in a strop and got changed.’
- ‘Dimtra pushed out her bottom lip in a strop, before she noticed the brown-haired Prince next to our father.’
- ‘Have they started sulking for England, throwing apoplectic strops, slamming bedroom doors that shake the house to its very foundations?’
- ‘Mara looks very much taken aback, she steels her jaw, inhales sharply and stomps off in a strop.’
- ‘Abby, as you can see, begins her teenage strops at a very early age!’
- ‘Throwing one of the strops for which he was famous, Michelangelo returned home to Florence in a state of apoplexy.’
- ‘‘This from a woman who just did an Oscar winning strop,’ Adele mused as she got herself comfortable on the couch.’
- ‘This must rate as the Godzilla of all teen strops.’
- ‘And she failed the group task by throwing a big strop.’
1970s: probably a back-formation from stroppy.
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