duct tape

\ ˈdək(t)- How to pronounce duct tape (audio) \

Definition of duct tape

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

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duct-tape \ ˈdək(t)-​ How to pronounce duct-tape (audio) \ transitive verb

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From duct tape on your shoes to a fresh pair of sneakers at mile 17 - here are the do’s and don’ts for running a rainy marathon. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Marathon forecast: Rain, headwinds, and wind chills in the 20s and 30s," 17 Apr. 2018 She was bound, with duct tape wrapped around her head. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "They met at Olive Garden. She ended up dead, bound with duct tape, cops say | Miami Herald," 13 Apr. 2018 Amanda McConnell used a bungee cord and duct tape to strap a small white bucket to her waist for the protest. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Hundreds of protesters targeted Trump as he arrived for State of the Union," 30 Jan. 2018 The brother-in-law later testified that Ream pulled a switchblade on the girl and told the brother-in-law to use duct tape to blindfold the girl before raping her. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "Suspected serial killer wants an apology from Warren police," 21 May 2018 Tape Design For teens, 3 p.m. Use duct tape to create wallets, wrist bands, key rings, and more. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington, Royal Palm Beach area events: April 25-May 5," 24 Apr. 2018 Jeanette Navin had been shot once in the chest and was wrapped in a blue tarp using silver duct tape. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Trial of Kyle Navin, Accused of Murdering His Parents, Set To Begin," 13 Apr. 2018 The pair tried to use duct tape to bind Dowell, but a fight broke out and one of them shot Dowell, Ciaccia said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Home invaders shoot and kill Cleveland man during marijuana deal," 8 Jan. 2018 After his arrest, Weisheit admitted stuffing a dish towel in Caleb's mouth and using duct tape to bind his arms behind his back. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana death row holds 11 prisoners," 31 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of duct tape

1973, in the meaning defined above

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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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