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landing strip

1. Literally, a long flat stretch of land used by winged aircraft to land after flight. The flight had to circle the airport for nearly 30 minutes as debris was cleared from the landing strip.
2. slang Pubic hair, especially a woman's, that has been shaved or waxed into a single vertical line directly above the vulva.
See also: landing, strip

tear a strip off (someone)

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. The teacher really tore a strip off me for causing a disruption in class again.
See also: off, strip, tear

tear someone off a strip

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. The teacher really tore me off a strip for causing a disruption in class again.
See also: off, someone, strip, tear

in the altogether

Naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my high school in the altogether!

*in the altogether

 and *in the buff; *in the nude; *in the raw
Fig. naked; nude. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; sleep ~.) The museum has a painting of some ladies in the buff. Mary felt a little shy about getting into the altogether. Bill says he sleeps in the raw.

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 for something

to take off one's clothing for something. Todd went into the locker room and stripped for his shower. All the recruits stripped for their medical examination.
See also: strip

strip someone or something down to something

 and strip someone or something down
to remove the covering of someone or something down to the lowest level. The emergency room nurse stripped the unconscious patient down to his shorts. He stripped down the patient to his underwear. He stripped the patient down.
See also: down, strip

strip someone or something of something

to take something, such as status or property, away from someone or something. The court stripped him of all his property. We stripped him of his rights when we put him in jail.
See also: of, strip

strip something away (from someone or something)

to remove or peel something from someone or something. The emergency room nurse stripped the clothing away from the burn victim. He stripped away the victim's clothing. Jamie stripped away the old paint from the bathroom wall.
See also: away, strip

strip something in

to insert something into a line of print by gluing or a strip of paper. You will have to strip the accent in. Strip in a grave accent right here.
See also: strip

strip something off (of) someone or something

 and 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.
See also: off, strip

strip to something

to take off one's clothing down to a particular level, usually to one's skin, the waist, or some euphemistic way of expressing nudity or near nudity. Tom stripped to the waist and continued to labor in the hot sun. Tom stripped to the bare essentials and got ready to be examined by the doctor.
See also: strip

in the altogether

Also, in or stripped to the buff ; in the raw. Naked, nude, as in The art class wanted a model to pose in the altogether, or She was stripped to the buff when the doorbell rang, or He always sleeps in the raw. The first of these colloquial terms dates from the late 1800s. In the buff, a seemingly modern locution dates from the 1600s, buff alluding to a soft, undyed leather, buffskin, that also gave its name to the color. The use of raw, presumably also alluding to raw (undressed) leather, dates from the early 1900s.

tear a strip off someone


tear someone off a strip

If you tear a strip off someone or tear them off a strip, you speak angrily to them, because they have done something wrong. He heard Nora tearing a strip off a member of staff for not returning the food bins to the kitchen soon enough. The headmaster tore me off a strip for being late.
See also: off, someone, strip, tear

in the altogether

without any clothes on; naked. informal
1991 Today The mothers…have agreed to pose in the altogether.

tear someone off a strip (or tear a strip off someone)

rebuke someone angrily. informal
This expression was originally RAF slang, first recorded in the 1940s.
See also: off, someone, strip, tear

tear somebody ˈoff a strip


tear a ˈstrip off somebody

(British English, informal) criticize somebody because you are angry about something they have said or done: The boss tore all the staff off a strip for using the Internet for personal matters during office hours.
See also: off, somebody, strip, tear

strip away

1. To remove some covering or layer: Most bullies are really cowards once you strip away their tough fa?ade. We hated the wood paneling on the walls so much that we stripped it away and painted the whole room.
2. To take some rights or privileges away: The state strips away felons' right to vote. I had power of attorney over the property until the court stripped it away.
See also: away, strip

strip down

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

strip of

1. To deprive someone or something of some covering or ornament: The tornado stripped the tree of its leaves. The manuscript was stripped of its academic jargon.
2. To deprive someone of some honor, rank, office, privilege, or possession: Losing my job and my house stripped me of my dignity. The officers were court-martialed and stripped of their ranks.
See also: of, strip

strip off

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.
See also: off, strip

strip out

1. To remove the interior of something, such as a building; gut something: The new owners plan to strip out the building to expose the original red brick walls and concrete ceilings. This old car can run like new if you strip it out and refit it with a new engine and suspension.
2. To remove some component from a system, such as from a building, text, or calculation: The electricians stripped out the old wiring. The contract lawyers stripped out all references to royalties. The electricians stripped the old wiring out and installed a new network.
See also: out, strip
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A remaining strippable reserve of 6,900 Mt to a depth of 75 m has been estimated.
Winchester's famous 3-position safety and field strippable firing pin are standard with each model 70 Super Grade.
Sparsely populated and coal-rich, New Mexico's San Juan Basin awaits a boom as miners move in to tap 25,000 leased acres of strippable coal.
The new wall art is a high-performance strippable, pre-pasted wall paper with an ultra-smooth finish that provides vivid color and high-definition detail for close viewing printed with HP Latex Inks.
Desothane HD/CA 9008 basecoat-clearcoat topcoat system used with or without Desoprime CF/CA 7049 primer as well as the selectively strippable basecoat-clearcoat system are qualified to AIMS 04-04-025, AIMS 04-04-033 and AIMS 04-04-037.
Lubricants, maintenance kits, punch and die sets, hot melt strippable protective coatings, threaded rods, layout fluids, markers, layout fluid removers, bearing and gear high spot locators, hand cleaner towels, hose benders and wires are also available.
Floor coatings need to have good barrier properties yet be readily strippable when it is time to recoat.
The sources stated that the bonds will be strippable at the 10th, 15th and 20th years, and will pay a yield of 9.
Unlike paper and paper-backed vinyl, wallcoverings printed on nonwovens are fully dry strippable, remain breathable after printing (reducing the risk of mold and mildew) and most use no PVC, meeting the desires of environmentally conscious customers.
Spray booth cleaning generates waste containing the strippable lining covered with dried overspray, the absorbent materials used in the spray booth, and the paper, Styrofoam or polyester filters from spray booths (if used).
Among the commercial technology that exists today, there are transfer adhesives including permanent, strippable and silicone adhesives for virtually defect-free bonding of flexible-to-flexible and flexible-to-rigid materials, as well as the custom coating of optically clear adhesives onto specified or customer-supplied substrates.
SURE GRIP PLUS adhesive has a nonstaining, strippable formula that offers superior wet tack and slip.
ARclean DEV-8968 and ARclean DEV-8969 have permanent adhesion on one side and a cleanly strippable adhesive on the other.
That contract limits strippable issues to local concerns like health, safety and productivity, whereas GM contends the initial strikes at two parts plants in Flint, Mich.