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To remove some outer layer, coating, or covering from someone or something, especially in a rough or forceful manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strip" and "off." The incredible winds stripped a bunch of tiles off our roof last night. I stripped off his clothes and hurried him into the shower before the chemicals burned his body. You'll need a sandblaster to strip the graffiti off the wall.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
strip something off (of) someone or somethingand strip something off
to tear something from someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The paramedic stripped the shirt off the burn victim and began to treat her burns. The medic stripped off the patient's shirt.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To remove some clothing or outer layer: When the students got to the beach, they stripped off their uniforms and headed for the water. I stripped the blankets off the bed.
2. To remove some exterior coating, as of paint or varnish: I bought a strong cleanser to strip off the grime from the stove. You'll have to strip the old paint off before you repaint that wall.
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.