drop cloth

noun

Definition of drop cloth 

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

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Connecticut Sunrise The sun raises a brush over a wash of Payne's gray, swabs the oak cad orange, drips leaves on drop clothgrass. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 McGuire uses repurposed drop cloths as the canvas for her vividly colorful circus banners, which are inspired by her childhood in Toronto. Sarah Bonnette, NOLA.com, "Artscape: North Shore artists at Jazz Fest use recycled items as their canvases," 2 May 2018 Prosecutors showed jurors graphic photos of Black’s dismembered body, plus receipts from a hardware store where Durst bought a saw, drop cloths, and trash bags. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "What It Was Really Like to Be a Juror in the Robert Durst Trial," 26 July 2017 Lay down a drop cloth, newspaper or old cloths to protect your floor. 2. House Beautiful, "How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets," 14 Nov. 2017 Plastic drop cloths, tarpaulin or plastic sheeting or flexible, waterproof sheeting. William Thornton, AL.com, "Stock up on supplies during severe weather tax-free weekend," 22 Feb. 2018 Lay down a drop cloth or poly sheet to prevent wet wallpaper from ruining your floors. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Wallpaper," 7 Feb. 2018 Ceiling fans Place newspaper or a drop cloth under the ceiling fan. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Dust and Make Your Home Shine," 16 Jan. 2018 Remove anything that might get damaged by the dust or at least cover it with plastic drop cloths that are taped shut. Houston Chronicle, "GHBA remodelers council 2018: Set sights on remodeling in the new year," 28 Dec. 2017

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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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drop cloth

noun

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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