stropping

strop

[strop]
noun
1.
any of several devices for sharpening razors, especially a strip of leather or other flexible material.
2.
Also, strap. Nautical, Machinery.
a.
a rope or a band of metal surrounding and supporting a block, deadeye, etc.
b.
a metal band surrounding the pulley of a block to transmit the load on the pulley to its hook or shackle.
c.
a rope sling, as for handling cargo.
d.
a ring or grommet of rope.
verb (used with object), stropped, stropping.
3.
to sharpen on or as if on a strop.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German strop; all probably < Latin stroppus, variant of struppus strap

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strop (strɒp)
 
n
1.  a leather strap or an abrasive strip for sharpening razors
2.  a rope or metal band around a block or deadeye for support
3.  informal chiefly (Brit) a temper tantrum: he threw a strop and stormed off
 
vb , strops, stropping, stropped
4.  (tr) to sharpen (a razor, etc) on a strop
 
[C14 (in nautical use: a strip of rope): via Middle Low German or Middle Dutch strop, ultimately from Latin stroppus, from Greek strophos cord; see strophe]

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strop
1357, "loop or strap on a harness," probably from O.Fr. estrop (see strap). Specific sense of "leather strap used for sharpening razors" first recorded 1702. The verb in this sense is from 1841. Distribution of senses between strap and strop is arbitrary.
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