most strapped


needy; wanting: The company is rather strapped for funds.

1775–85; strap + -ed2

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strapped (stræpt)
adj (often foll by for)
slang badly in need (of money, manpower, etc); short of

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Word Origin & History

1620, from Scottish and/or nautical variant of strope "loop or strap on a harness" (1357), probably from O.Fr. estrop "strap," from L. stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Gk. strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn" (see strophe). O.E.
stropp, Du. strop "halter" also are borrowed from Latin. Slang adj. strapped "short of money" is from 1857, from strap in a now-obsolete sense of "financial credit" (1828). Strapping (adj.) "tall and sturdy," originally applied to women, is from 1657 (cf. whopping, spanking). Straphanger "bus- or subway-rider" first recorded 1905. The verb meaning "to fasten or secure with a strap" is recorded from 1711. Strapless is 1846, of trousers, 1935, of brassieres.
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strap (strāp)
A strip or piece of adhesive plaster. v. strapped, strap·ping, straps
To support or bind a part, especially with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster.

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