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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
strip
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a football strip (=clothes worn by a particular football team)
▪ The team wear a different football strip for their Champions League matches.
a strip of land (=a narrow piece of land)
▪ They owned the strip of land between the forest and the sea.
asset stripping
be stripped of your rank (=have it taken from you as a punishment)
▪ The officer was stripped of his rank for his part in affair.
cartoon strip
comic strip
landing strip
rumble strip
strip cartoon
strip club
strip joint
strip light
strip lighting
strip mall
strip mine
strip paint (=remove all the paint from a surface)
▪ We decided to strip the paint off the doors.
strip poker
strip search
strip show
stripped naked
▪ The governor ordered the prisoner to be stripped naked and whipped.
stripped to the waist (=not wearing any clothes on the top half of your body)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
asset
▪ That is using assets, not stripping them.
▪ Some senior executives have been accused by minority shareholders of mismanagement, nepotism, and of presiding over asset-stripping.
citizenship
▪ Their leader, Thorez, had deserted from the army and been stripped of his citizenship in 1939.
clothes
▪ The dark eyes slid over her, just as they had earlier, seeming to strip the clothes from her skin.
▪ Clearly disturbed, Brown stripped off his clothes and sat in the cell naked, covered with his own feces.
▪ Paul obeyed her, stripped off his clothes, and sat in his dressing-gown while they dried.
▪ One afternoon I stripped off my clothes and joined Clarisa under the covers.
▪ Now she regretted stripping the clothes from his body.
▪ Soldiers stopped high school girls on the streets, stripped off their clothes and sexually humiliated them.
▪ She was hardly aware of him stripping her of her clothes before his tongue started its own journey of exploration.
▪ They stripped off his clothes, and that was when he saw that his left knee was shattered.
flesh
▪ Gulls gather in flocks to peck out eyes and strip the yellowing flesh.
▪ The arms, legs and buttocks of these children are often stripped of flesh so that the skin hangs in folds.
▪ Once it was back on the board the chef had it stripped to the flesh in seconds.
immunity
▪ Before a criminal case can begin, he must be stripped of this immunity.
layer
▪ It was a simple matter to strip off the layers of spoil from the stages in the construction.
power
▪ The electorates of each country would be stripped of their powers.
▪ Now, as he regarded the principal, stripped of his power, my father could not restrain himself any longer.
▪ Mr Assad defused that crisis by stripping Rifat of power, but Alawite rivalries remain keen.
rank
▪ He was hauled before a court martial and stripped of his rank.
shirt
▪ Travis stripped off his shirt and tossed it aside before unrolling the sleeping-bag and spreading it before the fire.
▪ Before attending to the child he stripped off his bleached-khaki shirt and gave it to Jane.
title
▪ Britain's first world heavyweight champion in nearly 100 years he could be stripped of his title almost immediately.
▪ Army in 1967, which led to him being stripped of his title.
waist
▪ Many of the men who sat outside the tents were stripped to the waist and some of them were barefoot.
▪ And a woman stripped naked to the waist, her luxuriant, flowered yellow hat vibrating against a deep black ground.
▪ Five young men, already in custody, were stripped to the waist.
▪ When insulted, they stripped to the waist, put on hideous driftwood masks and sang nasty songs at each other.
▪ The well-endowed prisoners all strip to the waist and begin sweating and grunting as they struggle to free the craft.
▪ He was stripped to the waist, tanned and big-shouldered, in remarkable condition for a man of his age.
▪ He took off his jacket, tossed his tie to one side and stripped to the waist.
■ VERB
begin
▪ Fearing collapse of the farm, workers began to strip buildings of wood and cannibalize tractor parts.
▪ Six years ago she had begun stripping the blackened and crazed varnish off the interior woodwork.
▪ Then the sea began to strip away tile mud, and it seemed as if the site would fall prey to looters.
▪ And so began the systematic stripping away of what little autonomy Mama had left.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ ""I'd like you to strip to the waist so I can listen to your chest,'' said the doctor.
▪ I think we should strip the old varnish off and see what the wood's like underneath.
▪ I was taken to police headquarters where I was stripped and searched.
▪ One of the guards stripped the prisoner and beat him with a chain.
▪ The men were stripped naked and herded into a small prison cell.
▪ The prisoners were ordered to strip down to their underwear and wait for the guards.
▪ The women in the club screamed and clapped as the male dancers began to strip.
▪ Tim stripped and climbed into bed.
▪ We stripped the doors down to the bare wood.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A reprimand would allow Gingrich to keep his leadership job, while a formal censure would strip Gingrich of his speakership.
▪ All of the land swept by the floods was stripped absolutely to bedrock.
▪ Face masks work by means of a mild exfoliating action, stripping off surface dead-skin cells.
▪ He had been stripped and measured, and two tailors were now working on the clothes.
▪ Some rooms were even stripped of their wallpaper.
▪ We stood in the entranceway, stripping off our rain parkas as puddles formed at our feet.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
central
▪ The effect is as if a central strip were cut out and the remaining top and bottom rectangles rejoined.
▪ It was known from the start that the camera had this problem with the central strip.
▪ The gaps between the central strip and the beading must be wide enough for the glass to slip easily into them.
▪ The single cards too were placed variously in the top half, bottom half and crossing the central strip.
▪ The central strip is more firmly fixed in place by two or three panel pins.
▪ Once again, the gaps between the central strip and the beading must be wide enough to hold the glass.
▪ A river of people surged, fighting to gain the central express strip where that panic-stricken river raced fastest.
coastal
▪ And the ban will stay in place as long as the coastal strip is starved of much needed rain.
▪ The islanders inhabit the coastal strip only, and subsist almost entirely on royalties from the mining.
▪ Although hierarchy was not expressed by ritual along the coastal strip, inequality remained fundamental to perceptions of caste.
▪ With his vision of what they could achieve, he planned a whole series of assaults on airfields along the coastal strip.
▪ Large deposits of ash, burnt clay and associated briquetage have been found in numerous places along this coastal strip.
long
▪ The repair film is available as patches or as a 3.5m long strip.
▪ By combining long and short strips of two different metals-brass and steel-in one pendulum, Harrison eliminated the problem.
▪ They are long, narrow strips of land surrounded on at least three sides by canals.
▪ The skin at her forehead blistered up, peeling off in long ragged strips.
▪ Now he was moving slowly as the bark peeled back in a longer and longer strip.
▪ Cut a long strip of fondant to wrap around the bottom edge of the ship.
▪ In the good, old-fashioned days text was sent off to be typeset and came back in long strips called galleys.
narrow
▪ Guard a narrow strip of paper or linen pasted to a single leaf to allow sewing into a section for binding.
▪ Thus a narrow horizontal strip in the middle of the image is not seen.
▪ They are long, narrow strips of land surrounded on at least three sides by canals.
▪ Now there was just a narrow strip of greasy jetty between Rincewind's heels and the river.
▪ By using the push buttons you can run the lace patterns in narrow strips between stocking stitch.
▪ Across the Estuary, two miles away, the sun was lighting up a narrow strip of sand on the Yorkshire coast.
▪ The narrow strip of tarmac, not enclosed by fences, winds free in a continuous search for easy passage.
▪ So a narrow vertical phosphor strip is all you need: rapid luminous sampling will reconstruct the image as it sweeps past.
small
▪ Outside the door of the policemen's shelter is a small strip of land known as Snipers' Alley.
▪ Chef Henry's Tip-Top Bistro is in a small strip mall in a space that was the original home of Bravissimo.
▪ There is a small strip of garden at the front but nothing at the back or side, not even a yard.
▪ San Francisco is only prevented from being an island by a very small strip of land.
▪ This small strip of cloth has been invested with heavy historical implications.
thin
▪ Cut the chicken, carrot and courgette into thin strips.
▪ Slice the garlic cloves into thin strips and fry in the remaining olive oil.
▪ The method of forming the top- and bottom-knots was to twist a thin strip of the shroud material into a cord.
▪ With a cheese slicer or sharp knife, shave thin strips of cheese over pesto.
▪ From the window you could see one thin strip of blue between the houses opposite; her view of the harbour.
▪ Cut out long thin strips for trimming around the top edge of the boat and fix on with a dampened paint brush.
▪ The pond from this angle was merely a thin strip of water.
wide
▪ Cut out wide strips and wrap around cake and arrange strip of ribbon on board.
▪ Stack greens few at a time and cut intoinch-#wide strips.
▪ The wide strip will contain a language pattern which is well known to the pupils, eg give him the large book.
▪ These transects comprised kilometer-#wide strips running north-south across the island.
▪ Some nests are given waterproof roofs by using particularly wide strips of leaves for the top half.
▪ The members would like six-inch knitted squares or six-inch wide strips measuring six or four feet.
■ NOUN
cartoon
▪ I felt like Max Zillion, a cartoon strip character devised by Hunt Emerson.
▪ It comes from Al Capp's cartoon strip Li'l Abner.
club
▪ Souvenir stands and pawnshops and a strip club attract those tired of spending their incomes one quarter at a time.
▪ Next to the pub was a loud strip club.
▪ I went to a strip club.
▪ Apparently the strip club owners were threatening to put in dart boards and pool tables.
▪ Double-entendre lyrics run amok at this sonic strip club from hell.
▪ This entailed flying to Tokyo to live and work in a strip club.
▪ The law rightly sets reasonable limits on where strip clubs can be located.
joint
▪ This was because the arrival of the fleet was a very special time for the clubs and strip joints of Perth.
▪ He also discussed a visit to a strip joint and what would make him run from a woman's bedroom.
▪ Authorities hope to find a link between the Hells Angels and a fatal beating in a San Jose strip joint.
landing
▪ In December 1991 he often visited a nearby farm landing strip and talked to microlight owners and examined their aircraft.
▪ At Dungavel House, where the Duke of Hamilton had his residence, there was a private landing strip.
▪ The landing strip had been described to me in some detail.
▪ He has overshot the landing strip again.
▪ It is certainly an aircraft that requires a good sized landing strip as approaches have to be made fairly flat.
▪ It's used as a landing strip for emergencies only by the Luftwaffe.
▪ He was directed towards a glider landing strip, but he appears to have clipped a tree and then crashed on farmland.
▪ It dips its wings in acknowledgement of the landing strip, and circles, preparing to land.
light
▪ Alternatively, you can opt for a strip light, and cut out any glare by concealing it with a baffle.
▪ The stack swung in farther, revealing a long, damp passageway, dimly lit with strip lights.
▪ The strip lights flickered again, providing the faintest luminescence.
▪ Thunder rolled and grumbled beyond, and the eerie blue glow from the overhead strip lights flickered momentarily.
▪ These are: Conventional pendant and ceiling lights, wall lights, table lamps, floor lamps and strip lights.
▪ Meanwhile I tested the electric strip light to see if it still buzzed.
▪ Another strip light exploded in the roaring maelstrom, showering them with glass.
▪ Display a collection of models houses, soldiers, toys, cars-on shelves, carefully lit by strip lights behind baffles.
mall
▪ Main Street has been replaced by the strip mall and the shopping mall, concentrating consumer goods in an auto-friendly space.
▪ Chef Henry's Tip-Top Bistro is in a small strip mall in a space that was the original home of Bravissimo.
▪ The restaurant was situated in a strip mall about four blocks from the office.
▪ The typical retail pushcart is set up in the open areas of a shopping mall or strip mall.
▪ The Moores have watched the trends for 17 years from their shop in the back of a strip mall in Silver Spring.
▪ Tract housing, strip malls and public schools surrounded Southwestern.
▪ She owned the ice cream parlor, plus a shared interest in a strip mall.
mine
▪ Railroad tracks lead away from all the strip mines.
search
▪ Every date would include a meal, a movie and a strip search.
▪ In animals the sperm is given a sort of strip search as it enters the egg to remove all the organelles.
▪ I found having it taken away worse than the strip search.
▪ The strip search seemed fairly pointless, in as much as they didn't go through my pockets.
show
▪ Then we took him to a strip show.
test
▪ An alternative to blood testing by the laboratory is the use of a test strip in conjunction with a reflectance meter.
▪ Use your test strip as a guide to how much flash to give.
▪ Make up your ferri. solution fairly dilute and test on your test strip before applying to your finished image.
▪ These test strips should be used only for monitoring and not for making executive decisions.
▪ Looks like just a test strip.
▪ With the crop at two large leaves, he made the bold step of taking the subsoiler through a 12m test strip.
▪ Now make a test strip of your neg.
■ VERB
cut
▪ Working quickly, he used his knife to cut strips of cloth from the man's clothing.
▪ He used his X-Acto knife to cut a new signature strip from a sheet of opaque paper.
▪ Thinly pare the rind from 1 orange and cut into narrow strips.
▪ Stack greens few at a time and cut intoinch-wide strips.
▪ Trim the edges so they are straight and even, and cut the strip so that it measures the circumference of the cake.
▪ For the striped ribbon, thinly roll out the burgundy icing and cut into thick strips.
▪ Dice the pineapple and cut the pepper into strips.
tear
▪ Raising his tracksuit top, he tore a strip from the exposed white T-shirt underneath.
▪ Then I destroyed them, sometimes tearing them into little strips, sometimes burning them.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
tear sb off a strip/tear a strip off sb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a strip of bacon
▪ A strip of sand between the cliffs and the ocean.
▪ Charlie wasn't allowed to play because he'd forgotten his strip.
▪ She then snipped the satin into thin strips.
▪ The uniform of the New York Yankees is white with a fine blue stripe.
▪ You will need a strip of stiff cardboard to make this hat.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Cut fish, shrimp, and strips of beef or liver are eaten eagerly.
▪ He stared mournfully at the bright strip which appeared to float in the cold air over the small table.
▪ Named after the strips of lead which used to be inserted between lines of metal type.
▪ Roots and leafless bushes stuck up wildly at the extreme end of the strip.
▪ She ironed their tiny strips of white embroidered cuffs and collars herself, and sewed them on fresh nearly every day.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Strip

Strip \Strip\, v. i.

  1. To take off, or become divested of, clothes or covering; to undress.

  2. (Mach.) To fail in the thread; to lose the thread, as a bolt, screw, or nut. See Strip, v. t., 8.

Strip

Strip \Strip\, n.

  1. A narrow piece, or one comparatively long; as, a strip of cloth; a strip of land.

  2. (Mining) A trough for washing ore.

  3. (Gunnery) The issuing of a projectile from a rifled gun without acquiring the spiral motion.
    --Farrow.

Strip

Strip \Strip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stripped; p. pr. & vb. n. Stripping.] [OE. stripen, strepen, AS. str?pan in bestr?pan to plunder; akin to D. stroopen, MHG. stroufen, G. streifen.]

  1. To deprive; to bereave; to make destitute; to plunder; especially, to deprive of a covering; to skin; to peel; as, to strip a man of his possession, his rights, his privileges, his reputation; to strip one of his clothes; to strip a beast of his skin; to strip a tree of its bark.

    And strippen her out of her rude array.
    --Chaucer.

    They stripped Joseph out of his coat.
    --Gen. xxxvii. 23.

    Opinions which . . . no clergyman could have avowed without imminent risk of being stripped of his gown.
    --Macaulay.

  2. To divest of clothing; to uncover.

    Before the folk herself strippeth she.
    --Chaucer.

    Strip your sword stark naked.
    --Shak.

  3. (Naut.) To dismantle; as, to strip a ship of rigging, spars, etc.

  4. (Agric.) To pare off the surface of, as land, in strips.

  5. To deprive of all milk; to milk dry; to draw the last milk from; hence, to milk with a peculiar movement of the hand on the teats at the last of a milking; as, to strip a cow.

  6. To pass; to get clear of; to outstrip. [Obs.]

    When first they stripped the Malean promontory.
    --Chapman.

    Before he reached it he was out of breath, And then the other stripped him.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  7. To pull or tear off, as a covering; to remove; to wrest away; as, to strip the skin from a beast; to strip the bark from a tree; to strip the clothes from a man's back; to strip away all disguisses.

    To strip bad habits from a corrupted heart, is stripping off the skin.
    --Gilpin.

  8. (Mach.)

    1. To tear off (the thread) from a bolt or nut; as, the thread is stripped.

    2. To tear off the thread from (a bolt or nut); as, the bolt is stripped.

  9. To remove the metal coating from (a plated article), as by acids or electrolytic action.

  10. (Carding) To remove fiber, flock, or lint from; -- said of the teeth of a card when it becomes partly clogged.

  11. To pick the cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco) and tie them into ``hands''; to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
strip

"make bare," early 13c., from Old English -striepan, -strypan "to plunder, despoil" (as in West Saxon bestrypan "to plunder"), from Proto-Germanic *straupijan (cognates: Middle Dutch stropen "to strip off, to ramble about plundering," Old High German stroufen "to strip off, plunder," German streifen "strip off, touch upon, to ramble, roam, rove"). Meaning "to unclothe" is recorded from early 13c. Intransitive sense from late 14c. Of screw threads, from 1839; of gear wheels, from 1873. Meaning "perform a strip-tease" is from 1929. Related: Stripped; stripping. Strip poker is attested from 1916, in a joke in "The Technology Monthly and Harvard Engineering Journal":\n\n"Say, Bill how, did the game come out?"\n
"It ended in a tie."\n
"Oh, were you playing strip poker?" \n\nstrip search is from 1947, in reference to World War II prison camps.

strip

"long, narrow, flat piece," mid-15c., "narrow piece of cloth," probably related to or from Middle Low German strippe "strap, thong," and from the same source as stripe (n.1). Sense extension to wood, land, etc. first recorded 1630s.\n

\nSense in comic strip is from 1920. Airport sense is from 1936; race track sense from 1941. Meaning "street noted for clubs, bars, etc." is attested from 1939, originally in reference to Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. Strip mine (n.) attested by 1892, as a verb by 1916; so called because the surface material is removed in successive parallel strips.

Wiktionary
strip

Etymology 1 n. (context countable uncountable English) Long, thin piece of any material. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To remove or take away. 2 (context usually intransitive English) To take off clothing.

WordNet
strip
  1. n. a relatively long narrow piece of something; "he felt a flat strip of muscle"

  2. artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material [syn: slip]

  3. an airfield without normal airport facilities [syn: airstrip, flight strip, landing strip]

  4. a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book [syn: comic strip, cartoon strip]

  5. thin piece of wood or metal

  6. a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music; "she did a strip right in front of everyone" [syn: striptease, strip show]

  7. [also: stripping, stripped]

strip
  1. v. take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets" [syn: deprive, divest]

  2. get undressed; "please don't undress in front of everybody!"; "She strips in front of strangers every night for a living" [syn: undress, discase, uncase, unclothe, strip down, disrobe, peel] [ant: dress, dress]

  3. remove the surface from; "strip wood"

  4. remove substances from by a percolating liquid; "leach the soil" [syn: leach]

  5. lay bare; "denude a forest" [syn: denude, bare, denudate]

  6. steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners" [syn: plunder, despoil, loot, reave, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray]

  7. remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm" [syn: clean]

  8. strip the cured leaves from; "strip tobacco"

  9. remove the thread (of screws)

  10. remove a constituent from a liquid

  11. take off or remove; "strip a wall of its wallpaper" [syn: dismantle]

  12. draw the last milk (of cows)

  13. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes; "The nurse quickly undressed the accident victim"; "She divested herself of her outdoor clothes"; "He disinvested himself of his garments" [syn: undress, divest, disinvest]

  14. [also: stripping, stripped]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Strip

Strip or Stripping may refer to:

Strip (The Chameleons album)

Strip is the fourth album by English post-punk band The Chameleons. It was released 1 May 2000 on record label Paradiso, following the band's reformation that year. It consists of acoustic arrangements of The Chameleons' previously released songs.

Strip (Chris Brown song)

"Strip" is a song by American recording artist Chris Brown, featuring American rapper Kevin "K-MAC" McCall, released as a single from his mixtape Boy In Detention and as a buzz single from Brown's fifth studio album Fortune on November 18, 2011. It was written by Amber Streeter, Brown, Christopher Whitacre, J. Lonny Bereal, Justin Henderson and McCall, while production was handled by Tha Bizness. "Strip" peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Strip (comics)

Strip was a short-lived comics anthology published by Marvel UK in 1990. It ran for 20 issues (February - November 1990) and featured work by many British comics creators, including Alan Grant, Ian Gibson, Pat Mills, Kevin O'Neill, Si Spencer and John Wagner. Strips include Marshal Law by Pat Mills and Kev O'Neill and Grimtoad by Grant, Wagner and Gibson.

Strip (Unix)

In Unix and Unix-like operating systems, the strip program removes unnecessary information from executable binary programs and object files, thus potentially resulting in better performance and sometimes significantly less disk space usage. This information may consist of debugging and symbol information; however the standard leaves the scope of changes up to the implementer.

The effect of strip can be achieved directly by the compiler. For instance, in GNU Compiler Collection this option is "-s".

The GNU Project ships an implementation of strip as part of the GNU Binutils package. strip has been ported to other operating systems including Microsoft Windows.

Strip (Adam Ant album)

Strip is the second solo album by Adam Ant, released in 1983. It marked a decline in Ant's success, as it only reached #65 in the US and #20 in the UK.

The lead single from the album was "Puss 'n Boots", which continued the pantomime themes and fashions of Ant's earlier work. The single reached #5 on the UK chart in 1983, becoming Ant's final UK top ten hit, although other top 20 hits would follow. The title track, "Strip" was released as a single in 1984 and reached #41 on the UK singles chart and #42 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The cover photograph was fashioned after actress Jane Russell's famous photo from Howard Hughes's 1943 film The Outlaw.

An extensive tour of the US was undertaken after the release. In Adam Ant's 2006 autobiography, he mentions that the promoters and tour managers were incentivized with higher pay if the album hit the Top 40 in the US. It got to #65.

Some performances of the tour can be found on YouTube. It was the biggest American tour of Ant's career, with dates in many cities, and was famous for the showmanship involved; this included a vine-covered bridge suspended above the audience, and a Houdini-style immersion tank, which Ant would jump in and emerge from wearing only black shorts - after "stripping" his stage costume off during the course of the show.

Phil Collins plays drums on "Puss 'n Boots", "Strip", and "Playboy". Collins also aided in production duties for the three tracks he played on, and enlisted Hugh Padgham to assist with the production and engineering of those sessions. Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, of ABBA fame, also performs the female spoken part on "Strip". The album was re-released in a remastered edition in 2005 with eight bonus tracks. In 2008, "Strip" was featured in the comedy film You Don't Mess with the Zohan and is featured on the soundtrack.

Usage examples of "strip".

The Agronomy and Domestic Maintenance divisions wanted to keep all the buildings in one neat and tidy strip.

Across the chamber, stripped of his state collar and muffled under the half-shucked folds of the alizarin and gold ducal surcoat, Bransian launched into interrogation.

G stripped away the covering of softer rock, exposing the core and depositing alluvial metal deposits extensively in the area.

Intellectual-Principle, treating them as impressions of reality upon it: we cannot strip it of truth and so make its objects unknowable and non-existent and in the end annul the Intellectual-Principle itself.

I strip down and I grab my anther and I shake it and I shake it and I.

I was now rather good at knot tying and suturing, by virtue of having forced my way into several operations, including three hernias, a couple of hemorrhoids, an appendectomy, and a vein stripping.

Stripping away the last of his clothing, he examined the appendectomy scar on his lower right side.

The t-shirt had a cracked and fading picture of Kanu on it, the Nigerian foot baller in Arsenal strip.

The actinic flare of outraged nerves reamed her through, then became stripped of meaning by the bared lash of her will.

We also saw on our way the trunk of a tree barked in long strips and splintered deeply.

Everett Everett Barr passed the portentous strip of photographic paper around for examination.

He stripped again and waded the channel, dressed in the thickets of the batture, and climbed the steep clay bank, to stand with the cold steady wind flapping and pulling at his clothing, looking down over the dark green acres of cane in the heatless light.

A few coins fell out, then a small, bedraggled, multicoloured knot of cloth strips, followed by a lone dark, smooth pebble.

The real purpose of the strip was to help beltless trousers stay up by providing a friction grip against a tucked-in shirt.

His goal was the inn, and he had been advised in Berwick to cross the Yonder by what was known as the Roman Brig, and then to bend right through a firwood, to cross a strip of moor, to traverse the village of Yonder, and so find the inn a mile beyond on the hill above the stream.