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Torn down a strip

Posted by Henry on February 24, 2004

In Reply to: Torn down a strip posted by itzhar on February 24, 2004

: : : Hi,
: : : I am looking for the meaning of "torn down a strip". Context - a soldier did his job (mission) - but not the way he was ordered to do it. then the book says:

: : : This way, he might later be *torn down a strip*, but at list the goal would have been met. ddd

: : What rank was the soldier? They probably demoted him one grade so that his arm insignia had one stripe less than before. SS

: He is a lieutenant, so it makes sense. Thanks, Itzhar
From 'ABC of the RAF'. It is undated but was obviously published during the war.
Tear off a strip; To reprimand, take down a peg.