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strop

[strop] /strɒp/
noun
1.
any of several devices for sharpening razors, especially a strip of leather or other flexible material.
2.
Also, strap. Nautical, Machinery.
  1. a rope or a band of metal surrounding and supporting a block, deadeye, etc.
  2. a metal band surrounding the pulley of a block to transmit the load on the pulley to its hook or shackle.
  3. a rope sling, as for handling cargo.
  4. a ring or grommet of rope.
verb (used with object), stropped, stropping.
3.
to sharpen on or as if on a strop.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German strop; all probably < Latin stroppus, variant of struppus strap
Related forms
stropper, noun
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Examples from the web for strop
  • Instead of chucking your disposable razor after four or five shaves, why not get an old-fashioned straight razor and a strop.
  • They were made to stand outside in the snow, for three hours at a time, and they were routinely beaten with a razor strop.
  • During the flight my row was the last to get meal choice and my seatmate threw a strop when he couldn't have what he wanted.
  • When string discovers that strop exists, it transparently replaces parts of itself with the implementation from strop.
British Dictionary definitions for strop

strop

/strɒp/
noun
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.
(mainly Brit, informal) a temper tantrum: he threw a strop and stormed off
verb strops, stropping, stropped
4.
(transitive) to sharpen (a razor, etc) on a strop
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for strop
n.

mid-14c., "loop or strap on a harness," probably from Old French estrop (see strap (n.)). 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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