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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He taught his sons the Bible and beat them with a razor strop.’
- ‘My father was typical - he didn't hesitate taking the razor strop to me.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1Nautical A rope sling for handling cargo.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Our feet were jammed into strops, our hands wrapped around canvas handles.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Having arrived at the payload you can begin to rig the lift using either rope or the supplied attachment strops.’
Sharpen on or with a strop.‘he stropped a knife razor-sharp on his belt’
sharpen, whet, make sharp, make sharper, hone, file, stropView synonyms
- ‘We'll do that by stropping, which work hardens this tiny filament and breaks it off.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English (in the sense thong also as a nautical term): probably a West Germanic adoption of Latin stroppus thong.