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 Remember to protect your indoor environment with drop cloths if the weather doesn't permit outside art-making. Alesandra Dubin, Parents, 21 Mar. 2024 Paint like a pro: Restore old furniture How to properly prep furniture for painting Before starting any prep work, place a drop cloth underneath furniture pieces to pick up fine particles and ensure a pristine painting surface right from the start. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2024 Biles also photographed her husband in a room with multiple scaffold towers and a canvas drop cloth on the ground. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 If something hasn’t been dusted in eons, place a drop cloth or old sheet underneath it, then dust or wipe down, letting the debris fall onto the covering. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024 The exhibition shares a collection of family photographs taken by the artist’s father rendered to canvas, drop cloth and wood with oil and spray paint. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Cover your workspace with newsprint or a drop cloth. Jennifer Forker, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2023 The best drop cloth to use, according to Winters, is a canvas drop cloth with a rubber backing. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, 26 Feb. 2021 Turn your backyard into your own personal theater with PVC pipes and a drop cloth and make all your summer movie-night dreams come true. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drop cloth was circa 1928

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“Drop cloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20cloth. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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