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strap on the (old) feed bag

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. I can't wait to get to grandma's and strap on the old feed bag. She always cooks the tastiest food! What do you say we strap on the feed bag before we head out?
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strap on a pair

vulgar slang A derogatory exhortation to start acting in a more masculine manner; that is, to be more direct, aggressive, courageous, self-confident, and other such characteristics that are stereotypically considered to be masculine attributes. ("Pair" here refers to testicles, but the phrase can be said of or by both men and women.) You're never going to get the boss's respect if you keep kowtowing to him like that. You need to strap on a pair and show him that you deserve to be taken seriously! Janet, I know you're nervous about asking Tom out on a date, but just strap on a pair and give it a shot!
See also: on, pair, strap

strapped for cash

Without any or very much money at the moment; broke, especially temporarily. Would you mind covering the cost of dinner? I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment. My brother always complains that he's strapped for cash, but it's no surprise when he won't go find a job!
See also: cash, strapped

be strapped for cash

To not have any or very much money at the moment; to be broke, especially temporarily. Would you mind covering the cost of dinner? I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment. My brother always complains that he's strapped for cash, but it's no surprise when he won't go find a job!
See also: cash, strapped

strap in

1. To secure oneself to or into something with a strap, harness, or seat belt. I just need to strap in before you start driving. We all sat into the seats of the rollercoaster and began strapping in.
2. To secure someone or something to or into something with a strap, harness, or seat belt. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strap" or "in." Make sure you strap the kids in properly. He didn't strap in the cargo and it all ended up falling over and breaking in transit.
3. slang Brace yourself; get ready, especially for something shocking or surprising, whether in a good or a bad way. Strap in, ladies and gentlemen—these financial results are not great. Strap in for one of the wildest action films of the year!
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strap into (something)

1. To secure oneself into something with a strap, harness, or seat belt. I just need to strap into my seat before you start driving. We all began strapping into the cars of the rollercoaster, nervous and excited in equal measure.
2. To secure someone or something to or into something with a strap, harness, or seat belt. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "strap" or "in." Make sure you strap the kids into their car seats properly. He didn't strap the cargo into its place securely, and it ended up falling over and breaking in transit.
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strapped for (something)

Having very little of something; deprived of something. Would you mind paying for dinner? I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment. We've been strapped for employees ever since the high schools and colleges
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strap someone or something in(to) something

 and strap someone or something in
to tie or bind someone or something into something. Mother strapped little Jimmy into his seat. She strapped in Jimmy.
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*strapped for something

needing something, usually money. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I am really strapped for cash. Can you lend me some? Ted is strapped for money and cannot pay his bills.
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strapped for

In need of, as in We're strapped for cash this week. Originating in the mid-1800s as simply strapped, meaning "in need of money," the term acquired for in the first half of the 1900s. Now the term is also used for other needs, as in I can't give you any more firewood; I'm strapped for it myself.
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be ˌstrapped for ˈcash

(informal) have very little money: I can’t come to the club tonight — I’m a bit strapped for cash.
See also: cash, strapped

strap in

v.
1. To secure someone or something with a strap, especially a seat belt: Be sure to strap in the children before the car starts moving. We loaded the baggage onto the truck and strapped it in with a cord.
2. To secure oneself with a strap, especially a seat belt: The pilot climbed into the cockpit and strapped in.
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strapped

1. mod. broke; short of money. I’m sorry I can’t pay you right now. I’m strapped.
2. mod. wearing a gun holster. Be careful. He’s strapped. I see it under his jacket.
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For thirty-three of the final thirty-six hours of her life, Zentai was strapped in a restraint chair.
He was denied medical care and "died while strapped in a restraint chair," reported Amnesty International in 1998.
Goins died in a Kansas City, Missouri, jail of cardiac arrest after struggling with guards who squirted him with pepper spray and strapped him in a restraint chain When the officers returned a few minutes later from washing the spray off themselves, they found him dead.
On June 5, 1997, Magarahan's client, Christopher Stone, was beaten, strapped into a restraint chair, and then pepper-sprayed after he was arrested for drunk driving and brought to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center in Georgia.
The Sacramento case alleged numerous and repeated forms of torture, including mock executions, where guards strapped inmates into a Prostraint chair and told them they were about to be electrocuted.
Once strapped, some of the pallets are shrink-wrapped for additional stability and protection, and all are taken to the warehouse to await onward transport to customers.