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flat strap

1. adjective Very busy; preoccupied with many different things at once. Sometimes hyphenated. Primarily heard in Australia. Sorry I couldn't make it to lunch today, I've been flat strap with the kids all day. I've been so flat-strap at work that I barely have time to see my kids anymore.
2. At the greatest possible speed, efficiency, or power. Sometimes hyphenated. Primarily heard in Australia. We drove that car flat strap out of town. The whole team is working flat-strap to get this project finished on time.
See also: flat, strap

(as) flat as a strap

1. adjective Completely flat or flattened. I left my soda open overnight and now it's flat as a strap. The roads in this part of the country are as flat as a strap—no hills, no dips, nothing!
2. adjective Extremely fast. Primarily heard in Australia. John's new car is a beauty, and I bet it's flat as a strap.
3. adjective Very busy; preoccupied with many different things at once. Primarily heard in Australia. Sorry I couldn't make it to lunch today, I've been as flat as a strap with the kids all day. I've been flat as a strap at work lately—I barely have time to see my kids anymore.
4. adverb At the greatest possible speed, efficiency, or power. Primarily heard in Australia. We drove that car flat as a strap out of town. The whole team is working as flat as a strap to get this project finished on time.
See also: flat, strap

strap on the (old) feedbag

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. I can't wait to get to Grandma's and strap on the old feedbag. She always cooks the tastiest food! What do you say we strap on the feedbag before we head out?
See also: feedbag, on, strap

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

hit (one's) straps

1. To start traveling at a consistent pace; to hit one's stride. We started out slow but then hit our straps as we continued through the park.
2. To become proficient in a particular area. Once you hit your straps at your new job, I'm sure your boss will be very impressed with you.
See also: hit, strap

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 roller coaster 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 roller coaster, 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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beat the dummy

vulgar slang To masturbate. A term only applied to men. A: "Why is he all embarrassed today?" B: "Oh, his crush walked in on him beating the dummy. How horrifying is that?"
See also: beat, dummy

strap on the (old) nosebag

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. A nosebag is another word for a feed bag, the bag tied under a horse's mouth that allows it to feed. I can't wait to get to grandma's and strap on the old nosebag. She always cooks the tastiest food! What do you say we strap on the nosebag before we head out?
See also: nosebag, on, strap

strap the (old) feedbag on

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. "Feedbag" is sometimes spelled as two words. I can't wait to get to grandma's and strap the old feedbag on. She always cooks the tastiest food! What do you say we strap the feed bag on before we head out?
See also: feedbag, on, strap

strap down

To fasten or secure someone or something down (to something) with or as with straps. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strap" and "down." Make sure you strap down that cargo before you start driving. They strapped the spy down to a table to begin some advanced interrogation techniques.
See also: down, strap

strap (someone or something) onto (someone or something)

To attach, fasten, or secure someone or something onto someone or something else. They strapped the spy onto the table to begin some advanced interrogation techniques. They strapped various pieces of armor onto my arms, legs, and torso. You can't just strap a backpack onto yourself and be ready to go! You'll need a lot more preparation than that.
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strap (someone or something) on

To attach, fasten, or secure someone or something on(to someone or something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "strap" and "on." They strapped the spy on the table to begin some advanced interrogation techniques. They strapped on various pieces of armor to my arms, legs, and torso. You can't just strap a backpack on and call yourself ready to go! You'll need a lot more preparation than that.
See also: on, strap

strap (someone or something) with (something)

1. To attach, fasten, or secure something onto or around someone or something. The agent strapped the bridge with C4 and prepared to blow the whole thing sky high. The bank robber strapped the hostages with nylon rope and plastic cable ties.
2. To burden someone with something oppressive, irritating, or problematic. They strapped me with a $200 fine for parking there on a Sunday. She ended up strapping the business with nearly $20 million in debt before moving on to a different company.
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super-strap

slang A diligent, overearnest student. My brother was such a burnout during high school, so it's weird seeing him turn into such a total super-strap later in life.

strap someone or something down

to tie or bind someone or something down to something. The nurses strapped Gary down in preparation for the operation. They strapped down the patient and gave him a sedative.
See also: down, strap

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.
See also: strap

strap something on to someone or something

 and strap something on
to tie or bind something onto someone or something. The hiker strapped the load onto her partner. She strapped on the backpack.
See also: on, strap

hit your straps

begin to perform as well as you can; hit your stride.
The expression, which is used mainly in sporting contexts, originated in Australian English. It may have originated in the idea of looking for the straps of one's swag pack, interpreted metaphorically as seeking a new job.
1992 Daily Telegraph A number of our players have not hit their straps for whatever reason, but they know that if they don't do it shortly, they'll no longer be part of the team.
See also: hit, strap

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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beat the dummy

and beat the meat and beat one’s meat and beat the pup and choke the chicken and pound one’s meat and pull one’s pud and pull one’s wire and whip one’s wire and whip the dummy and yank one’s strap
tv. to masturbate. (Usually objectionable.) Are you going to sit around all day pulling your pud? We heard him in there “choking the chicken,” as the street crowd says.
See also: beat, dummy

yank one’s strap

verb
See also: strap, yank

strap

n. an athlete, not necessarily male. (From jockstrap.) The guy’s a strap all right, but he’s not dumb.

strap someone with someone or something

tv. to burden someone with someone or something. (Often passive.) Don’t you try to strap me with your baby brother!
See also: someone, something, strap

super-strap

n. an earnest and hardworking student. (As compared to a jock; strap; superjock.) I couldn’t be a super-strap even if I had the brains. I just don’t care that much.
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