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 Make the Ornaments Protect a work surface with a drop cloth or paper. Kim Hutchison, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2021 But that principle of displacement is a truth of all modernist art, where shifts in practice come from seeing in the margins of an activity—like the spattered paint on a drop cloth—the possibilities of something central. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 Lay down newspaper or a drop cloth to make sure the paint doesn't trickle down to your floor. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, 17 Mar. 2021 First, lay a drop cloth under the brick wall and tape it down to prevent tripping. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 16 Mar. 2021 Protect your work surface with a drop cloth or towels. Mallory Abreu, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Mar. 2021 Next, clean the dust off the rack with your paintbrush and prepare your work area for painting by spreading a drop cloth, old newspapers, or cardboard to protect the floors and walls from any potential splatters. Popular Science, 8 Jan. 2021 Spread a drop cloth onto the floor and use painter’s tape to secure it to the baseboard molding. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 18 Dec. 2020 On May 24, photographer Al Bello’s sister called to say her in-laws would be visiting in Wantagh, N.Y., and wanted to hug everyone; a drop cloth hung from a clothesline would serve as a barrier. Time, 23 Dec. 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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17 Oct 2021

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“Drop cloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20cloth. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drop cloth

: 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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