1. (UK Und.) to rob a house, esp. when the thieves empty it of all moveable contents.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Strip, c. to Rob or Gut a House, to unrig any Body, or to Bite them of their Money. Strip the ken, c. to Gut the House. Strip the Table, c. to Winn all the Money on the Place.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: strip to rob or gut a House.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 4: Turn your back for five minutes and they strip the place to the bone.|
2. to rob a person.
|see sense 1.|
|Account of Robberies 7: A third [...] who was going to Ireland, was stripped by us on the Chester-Road.|
|Proceedings at Sessions (City of London) Oct. 9/2: It was not I that strip’d the Gentleman, it was Michael Nichols.|
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 365: He had been stripp’d by a company of sharpers.|
|Memoirs (1995) III 245: It was generally believed that I was one of the persons who had been stripped.|
|Sporting Times 1 Jan. 1/5: Two Labour lags who lounged hard by laughed so immoderately that they almost let the pigeon go unstripped.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 153: I strip him for a leather poke an’ duck in an alley an’ look inside.‘Canada Kid’|
|Prison Community (1940) 336/1: strip, vt. To take money from a wallet; to rob.|
3. (US campus) to upset or harm a person.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 8: strip – mistreat someone, do someone a disservice. ‘Kris really stripped me when she spilt wine all over my white dress.’.|
SE in slang uses
one who steals washing from its drying lines.
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
(US) an automobile that has been modified to improve its performance.
|Garden of Sand (1981) 13: There was hue and cry for banning ‘collegiate cars,’ as the stripdowns being put together in gasoline alleys all over town were called.|
(US) a bar or club that offers striptease shows.
|Sun (Baltimore) 27 June 30/3: Prince Georges County Sheriff Carlton Beall began a crackdown on what he called ‘strip joints’.|
|Real Bohemia 158: A transient prosperity was created in the 1940’s by the war, which brought B-girls, prostitutes, and strip joints.|
|Last Seen Wearing in Second Morse Omnibus (1994) 404: Ever been to a strip club, Lewis?|
|Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 92: I got kicked out [...] For offending the Pope – which I didn’t; threatening to open a strip joint – which I didn’t.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 70: I knew there were a bunch of strip joints along Baltimore Street.|
|Guardian Travel 3 July 11: The increasing amount of pizza and lager bars and strip joints that are opening up.|
(orig. US) a striptease show.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 620: That is a right neat strip you do out there just now.‘Neat Strip’|
|Dead Ringer 21: Your cooch shows would be strips.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 466: He grew into his teens [...] hiding out in skid row strip shows.|
(Irish) to dress in second-hand clothes.
|Freeman’s Jrnl (Dublin) 2 Dec. 2/2: Whether the Premier be again disposed to array himself in the cast garments of Whiggery, or strip a peg himself in the warerooms of Bright, Cobden, and Co.|
|Belfast News-Letter 12 Apr. 3/5: Necessities may and do arise amongst the poorer classes here as elsewhere for cast-offs. But why any sane being ashould ‘strip a peg’ of such things [...] passes comprehension.|
see separate entries.
(Aus.) to become fiercely argumentative.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 23 Nov. 15/1: They chummed with cabmen, hodmen and the like; but stripped teeth and bit when anyone opposed the tenets of Anglicanism.|
a general excl. of imprecation.
|The Minor 38: Strip me, if I would bet five shillings against the whole gang.|