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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, for, strapped

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) 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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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 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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strap 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 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

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 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 up

1. To fasten or secure someone or something with a strap. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strap" and "up." You don't want the body armor coming loose during combat, so be sure you strap it up tight. We strapped up our helmets and walked out onto the football field.
2. To become armed with a firearm. Officers began strapping up in preparation of the raid on the suspected drug dealer hideout.
3. To instruct or allow someone to become armed with a firearm. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strap" and "up." The bosses want to strap up the security guards following last week's armed robbery.
See also: strap, up

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
See also: for, strapped

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, for, strapped
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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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.
See also: for, strapped
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: for, strapped
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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, for, strapped
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.
Is it a fair statement that it's your opinion that the chair is less psychologically traumatizing than the alternatives you mentioned [these included, in Corcoran's words, "four-pointing, chained to a bench, strapped to a bed"]?
"People were allegedly strapped into four-point restraint chairs as punishment for nonviolent resistance or asking for their lawyers," says the group's press release.