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As a man of immense "useful"? knowledge and can answer even the most difficult crossword with ease?

I was just answering one clue that resulted in the word STROP.

I know there is some slang with this word.Can anyone remember those leather straps in barbers shops.They used to sharpen cutthroat  razors on them.HOW and why use that material..

Do these "turkish" style barbers or similar still use these STROPS?

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It wasn't just barbers that had a strop. My father shaved with a cut throat and used a strop to sharpen it. Men often shaved in the evening, hot water was more readily available then and it saved time in the morning. My mam probably appreciated the evening shave. Dad often looked like a notice board with bits of paper stuck to his face where he'd nicked himself. Strops were used in some households to punish children (could that be where stroppy comes from? )  No such use in my home. 

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My wife is always throwing one

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