drop cloth


Definition of drop cloth

: a protective sheet (such as of cloth or plastic) used especially by painters to cover floors and furniture

Examples of drop cloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After two months of separation, Mary Grace Sileo (pictured above left) and her daughter, Michelle Grant, hung a clothesline, pinned a drop cloth to it—and were able to embrace through the plastic. Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic, "How COVID-19 changed our photography," 16 Oct. 2020 Place furniture on a drop cloth to prevent staining floors. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean Teak Furniture," 22 July 2020 When done sanding, wipe the dust off the drop cloth with a damp sponge, then clean the surrounding areas with a shop vacuum fitted with a HEPA filter. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall: Common Ways to Fix Damaged Walls," 18 Aug. 2020 Rinse well and leave to dry. Seal Your Furniture Once dry, place the piece back on newspaper or a drop cloth. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean Teak Furniture," 22 July 2020 An absorbent drop cloth will also trap dirt and dust, which can then be shaken out. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Tarps That Can Keep Anything Dry and Protected," 5 May 2020 Instead, spread out a large plastic or, better yet, canvas drop cloth. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "10 Smart Spray Painting Tips for a Great-Looking Paint Job," 26 Apr. 2020 Ready your paint Once your walls are prepped and taped, lay a drop cloth under your work surface, then place your paint try on top. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Yes, You Can Paint Your Walls Yourself—Here's How," 10 Feb. 2020 And, of course, the law says nothing about the mylar balloons, plastic tarps, drop cloths, etc. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "My Old Nemesis: Plastic Bags," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of drop cloth

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drop cloth was circa 1928

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22 Nov 2020

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“Drop cloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20cloth. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drop cloth

US : a sheet of cloth or plastic that is used to cover the floor and furniture while you are painting a room

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