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strip down

1. To remove all or most of one's clothing. When I wrestled in high school, we always stripped down to our underwear—or nothing at all—when we did our weigh-ins. The man was arrested for stripping down in a public place.
2. To remove all or most of someone else's clothing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strip" and "down." I had to strip Daniel down to his underwear in order to wash all that muck off him. The guards stripped down the inmates to check for any weapons or contraband.
3. To remove elements or features until something is in a more basic, minimal state. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strip" and "down." In response to the recession, the government has been stripping down most social welfare programs. As they company has largely just become a step in their tax-avoidance chain, they have stripped it down to a single administrative employee.
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strip down

to remove one's clothing. The doctor told Joe to strip down for his examination. Joe stripped down for the examination.
See also: down, strip

strip down

v.
1. To reduce something to essential or minimal features: The director decided to strip down the production in order to reduce costs. If you strip them down to their bare essentials, most religions really believe the same things.
2. To remove one's clothing: I stripped down and stepped into the shower.
3. strip down to To remove layers of one's clothing until only some clothing remains: The models stripped down to their underwear for the photo shoot.
4. To remove someone's clothing: The babysitter stripped down the kids and drew the bath water. Airport security guards are authorized to detain suspicious individuals and strip them down for searching.
5. strip down to To remove layers of someone's clothing until only some clothing remains: I stripped the children down to their swimsuits so they could play in the water.
See also: down, strip
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GMP Traffic Officer Matt Picton, said: "There is a gang stealing Mercedes and other high-value cars to strip them down in Oldham and sell the parts.
Det Con Jon Nott, of West Midlands Police, said: "It was clear the unit was being used to handle stolen cars and strip them down before the parts were sold on.
Sources said, the principal initially frisked the girls but as that didn't yield desired results, she announced the only solution was to strip them down to their last piece of clothing.
They strip them down for weapons and valuables and leave them like dogs" Igor Bezler, a field commander for the separatists in eastern Ukraine "It was not my job to do the bidding of two organisations that are little more than anti-capitalist agitprop groups, most of whose leaders could not tell snake's head fritillary from a silver-washed fritillary" Sacked environment secretary Owen Patterson hits out at the Green Party and Friends of the Earth
Since 2005, over 5,000 creatures have undergone a chemical process to strip them down to the toughest parts of their remains, before dying them according to the strength of those pieces.
Not only did they kill their main course of a rabbit or chicken with a karate chop to the neck, they had to strip them down and then - look away now if you're having your lunch - suck the water out of their eyes!
They have been handed over to workshops at Queensbridge School in Moseley, Birmingham, so pupils aged 14 to 19 can strip them down before repairing and rebuilding them as part of their studies.
I maintain that theatre artists should work with the old archetypes, but strip them down to the essentials.
Peugeots are being targeted by car thieves who strip them down and sell them on.