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[strop] /strɒp/
any of several devices for sharpening razors, especially a strip of leather or other flexible material.
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.
to sharpen on or as if on a strop.
Origin of strop
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for strop
Historical Examples
  • In blocks, confines the hook and thimble in the strop home to the scores.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Annixter grunted good-humouredly, and turned to strop his razor.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • At the mouth are two beckets or iron rings, through which the strop is rove.

    Stories of the Ships Lewis R. Freeman
  • This is better than to strop knives and other tools on your boots.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • The strop should be not less than twenty inches long and two inches wide.

    Shaving Made Easy Anonymous
  • Hang the strop on a hook, and with the left hand stretch as tightly as possible.

    Shaving Made Easy Anonymous
  • Lay the blade flat on the further end of the strop, as shown in Fig.

    Shaving Made Easy Anonymous
  • Always hold the blade at the same angle, and perfectly flat on the strop.

    Shaving Made Easy Anonymous
  • During the operation the back of the razor should never be taken from the strop.

    Shaving Made Easy Anonymous
  • For use, a piece is pasted on the strop and moistened with a little oil.

British Dictionary definitions for strop


a leather strap or an abrasive strip for sharpening razors
a rope or metal band around a block or deadeye for support
(mainly Brit, informal) a temper tantrum: he threw a strop and stormed off
verb strops, stropping, stropped
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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