- strapped for,
Origin of strapped
verb (used with object), strapped, strap·ping.
Origin of strap
Examples from the Web for strapped
However, the Air Force is so strapped for people that the ratio has dropped below even that reduced level.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A burly Belgian, strapped with grenades and ammunition, towered above them.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They threw off their bags of crops and strapped him to the back.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strapped for medical staff and lacking in the resources needed to treat the 5,338 suspected cases, the numbers are soaring.
Overcrowded and strapped for workers, there was not a single medical facility that could take her.Health Care Worker Pleads With UN: Help Ebola Victims Dying ‘Horrible, Undignified Death’|Abby Haglage|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Blankets had been rolled up and strapped, haversacks and bags properly repacked, a last look taken to flints and priming.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
So, as yesterday, the horses had to stand tied together, and the nose-bags of barley and maize were strapped round their necks.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Sven Hedin
A stone wall,—all the fugitives cleared it saving the last, behind whom was strapped a young man, fast prisoner.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
The girl had strapped on her skis, and was using two sharp-pointed sticks for poles.Behind the Green Door|Mildred A. Wirt
These we strapped upon the broad backs of the coach horses, and then assisted the ladies to mount.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall|Charles Major
verb straps, strapping or strapped (tr)
Word Origin for strap
1610s, from Scottish and/or nautical variant of strope "loop or strap on a harness" (mid-14c.), probably from Old French estrop "strap," from Latin stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Greek strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn" (see strophe). Old English stropp, Dutch strop "halter" also are borrowed from Latin.
"to fasten or secure with a strap," 1711, from strap (n.). Slang adjective strapped "short of money" is from 1857, from strap (n.) in a now-obsolete sense of "financial credit" (1828). Related: Strapped; strapping.