duct tape

\ˈdək(t)- \

Definition of duct tape 

: a wide cloth adhesive tape originally designed for sealing joints in heating or air-conditioning ducts

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Using a statue, rope and a whole bunch of duct tape, Will rappels off the building and times his jump onto the turbine just right so he’s not chopped to bits. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Skyscraper': 5 totally preposterous moments where Dwayne Johnson has to save the day," 11 July 2018 Adams, Schwartz, South and McDermott were arrested by deputies in a Forsyth County hotel, allegedly in possession of zip ties, duct tape, bandanas and latex gloves, in late January. Fleming Smith, ajc, "5 men indicted for trying to steal Bitcoin from metro Atlanta resident," 15 June 2018 The manager also noticed there was gray duct tape over the first characters on the vehicle’s license plate, police said. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Buffalo Grove police: Homeowner reports $4,000 in missing jewelry after movers visit," 18 May 2018 Admission is free for the three-day event, which annually draws more than 60,000 duct tape fans from around the world. Julie A. Short/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Duck Tape Festival still Father's Day weekend, days change: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 12 Mar. 2018 There is a lot of cable to be arranged, cut, and connected, and an abundant usage of duct tape. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018 Mostly, Will gets to work, or rather Mr. Johnson does, as the character undergoes the hero’s crucible of suffering with throbbing muscles, an impressive deadpan and yards of duct tape. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Skyscraper,’ Dwayne Johnson Scales a Tower of Clichés," 11 July 2018 Johnson's Will Sawyer is tough as nails, using brute force, blunt instruments and plenty of duct tape to rescue his family from a burning building. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "'Skyscraper' review: Dwayne Johnson shows off his dramatic acting chops," 11 July 2018 Bamberski also testified that the same brand of duct tape was used to bind the wrists and ankles of all three victims. Mensah M. Dean, Philly.com, "He confessed to 3 murders, but is being tried for 1," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of duct tape

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of duct tape was in 1973

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English Language Learners Definition of duct tape

: a wide, sticky, and usually silver tape that is made of cloth and that is used especially to repair things

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Kids Definition of duct tape

: a wide sticky usually silver tape made of cloth

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