• adjective short of money, broke. A short version of the phrase ‘strapped for cash’.
  • adjective armed with a gun. In this form the word crossed the Atlantic eastwards, so that by the early 1990s criminals in the UK were referring to ‘going strapped’.
  • adjective good-looking, physically fit. In this sense the word has been used appreciatively by UK adolescents, especially females, since around 2000.