strop

noun
\ ˈsträp How to pronounce strop (audio) \

Definition of strop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: strap:
a : a short rope with its ends spliced to form a circle
b : a usually leather band for sharpening a razor

strop

verb
stropped; stropping

Definition of strop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sharpen (a razor) on a strop

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Synonyms & Antonyms for strop

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of strop in a Sentence

Verb at the museum they showed us how men used to strop razors with leather bands before the days of disposable blades
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some sharpeners also include a ceramic honing rod or leather strop. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 23 Feb. 2021 That said, straight razor fans with impeccable skill and the diligence to keep this very sharp instrument away from pets and kids will doubtless appreciate the ability to replace the blade instead of using a strop. Popular Science, 16 Mar. 2020 Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, looked back at his winger throwing a strop on the bench behind him and shrugged it off with a chuckle. SI.com, 16 Sep. 2019 To remove the burr, use a leather strop, one of rubberized cork or softwood with a polishing compound on its surface. Josh Donald, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2017 Lay the knife over the strop’s face and draw it backward. Josh Donald, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Department of Transportation said the policy was in response to Beijing's refusal to allow a resumption of flights to China by U.S. carriers that stropped flying to China due to U.S. coronavirus restrictions. Harold Maass, TheWeek, 4 June 2020 Sometimes a leafy twig is selected, and before this can be used the chimpanzee has to strop off the leaves. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2019 There’s little thunder, no off-piste mental excursions, no sense of a writer stropping his razor. New York Times, 9 July 2018 Sometimes a leafy twig is selected, and before this can be used the chimpanzee has to strop off the leaves. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2019 There’s little thunder, no off-piste mental excursions, no sense of a writer stropping his razor. New York Times, 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of strop

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strop

Noun

Middle English — more at strap

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The first known use of strop was before the 12th century

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“Strop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strop. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for strop

strop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strop

: a narrow piece of leather that is used for sharpening a razor
British, informal : a bad mood

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