Meaning of STRIP in English

STRIP

/ strɪp; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

( -pp- )

TAKE OFF CLOTHES

1.

strip sth (off) | strip (down to sth) | strip sb (to sth) to take off all or most of your clothes or another person's clothes

SYN undress :

[ v ]

I stripped and washed myself all over.

We stripped off and ran down to the water.

She stripped down to her underwear.

[ vn ]

He stood there stripped to the waist (= he had no clothes on the upper part of his body) .

[ vn - adj ]

He was stripped naked and left in a cell.

2.

[ v ] to take off your clothes as a form of entertainment; to perform a striptease

REMOVE LAYER

3.

[ vn ] strip sth (off) | strip A (off / from B) / ~ B (of A) to remove a layer from sth, especially so that it is completely exposed :

Strip off all the existing paint.

Deer had stripped the tree of its bark.

Deer had stripped all the bark off the tree.

After the guests had gone, I stripped all the beds (= removed all the sheets in order to wash them) .

REMOVE EVERYTHING

4.

strip sth (out) to remove all the things from a place and leave it empty :

[ vn ]

We had to strip out all the old wiring and start again.

[ vn - adj ]

Thieves had stripped the house bare.

MACHINE

5.

[ vn ] strip sth (down) to separate a machine, etc. into parts so that they can be cleaned or repaired

SYN dismantle :

They taught us how to strip down a car engine and put it back together again.

PUNISHMENT

6.

[ vn ] strip sb of sth to take away property or honours from sb, as a punishment :

He was disgraced and stripped of his title.

PHRASAL VERBS

- strip sth away

■ noun

LONG, NARROW PIECE

1.

a long narrow piece of paper, metal, cloth, etc. :

a strip of material

Cut the meat into strips.

—see also rumble strip

2.

a long narrow area of land, sea, etc. :

the Gaza Strip

The islands are separated by a narrow strip of water.

—see also airstrip , landing strip

OF SPORTS TEAM

3.

[ usually sing. ] ( BrE ) the uniform that is worn by the members of a sports team when they are playing :

Juventus in their famous black and white strip

the team's away strip (= that they use when playing games away from home)

TAKING CLOTHES OFF

4.

[ usually sing. ] an act of taking your clothes off, especially in a sexually exciting way and in front of an audience :

to do a strip

a strip show

—see also striptease

STREET

5.

( NAmE ) a street that has many shops, stores, restaurants, etc. along it :

Sunset Strip

PICTURE STORY

6.

( NAmE ) = comic strip

IDIOMS

see tear (I) verb

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WORD ORIGIN

noun senses 3 to 4 and verb Middle English (as a verb): of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stropen . Sense 3 of the noun arose in the late 20th cent., possibly from the notion of clothing to which a player “strips” down.

noun senses 1 to 2 and noun senses 5 to 6 late Middle English : from or related to Middle Low German strippe strap, thong, probably also to stripe .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.