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stropper

[strop-er]
noun
  1. a person who strops.
  2. a mechanical instrument for honing double-edged blades for safety razors.
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Origin of stropper

First recorded in 1700–10; strop + -er1

strop

[strop]
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.
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verb (used with object), stropped, strop·ping.
  1. to sharpen on or as if on a strop.
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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 formsstrop·per, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stroppers

strop

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 British informal a temper tantrumhe threw a strop and stormed off
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verb strops, stropping or stropped
  1. (tr) to sharpen (a razor, etc) on a strop
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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 stroppers

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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