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STROP (strawp)

A leather strap used to sharpen razors

Common clues: Razor sharpener; Barbershop band; Barber's device; Barber chair attachment; Barber's leather; Sharpen; Sharpening strap; Blade-bettering belt

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Frequency in English language: 74627 / 86800

Video: How to make a strop

In origin the word is simply an alternative form of strap, but it is now mainly used in the sense of a flexible strip of leather or canvas used for sharpening a razor, also known as a razor strop.

It may be in the form of a hanging belt or a hand-held paddle. In both cases, as the names suggest, it makes a dreaded implement for punitive use (e.g. spanking), especially if made of leather, like a tawse; antique razor strops are generally heavier.

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