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Definition of rug

2 : a piece of thick heavy fabric that usually has a nap or pile and is used as a floor covering
3 : a floor mat of an animal pelt a bearskin rug
4 slang : toupee sense 1
5 British : a blanket for an animal (such as a horse or dog)

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Examples of rug in a Sentence

I accidentally spilled wine on the rug. You could tell that he was wearing a rug.
Recent Examples on the Web Francis suggests incorporating contrast via a rug or painted ceiling. Missy Wilkinson,, "Bold interior paint colors are back, offering vibrancy to indoor life that neutrals can't provide," 17 Sep. 2020 Making a rug is a lengthy task, close to 100 steps from the spinning of wool to the final tassels. Fortune, "How artisans offer lessons for us to reshape the post-COVID economy," 16 Aug. 2020 When Roots 101 opens, its goal will be to help visitors unpack stereotypes and face the ugly sides of our country's past that are often swept under the rug, Collins said. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "A look at where Roots 101 African-American Museum stands after COVID-19 stalled funding," 6 Oct. 2020 Not these closed-door meetings where nothing happens except current leaders pat each other on the back and sweep issues under the rug. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Sheriff candidates discuss priorities for curbing crime," 2 Oct. 2020 Inside the 2,200-square-foot property, Alaina's extravagant living room features a rug made from her family's late cow — given to her by her stepdad Sam Ramker, who died in 2018. Eric Todisco,, "WATCH: Lauren Alaina's New Nashville Home Includes a Rug Made from a Beloved Family Cow," 22 Sep. 2020 Worse than Netflix’s halfhearted effort to brush the controversy under the rug has been the left-wing response to the entirely legitimate — indeed, necessary — criticism of Cuties. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Critics of Cuties Aren’t Conspiracy Theorists," 15 Sep. 2020 Find a $250 menu rug with the rapper's McDonald's order, a 10-pack of Cactus Jack McDonald's Styrofoam cups, or an upsettingly realistic chicken nugget body pillow that'll run you $90. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Travis Scott drops McDonald's-themed merchandise, including a $90 chicken nugget pillow," 9 Sep. 2020 The story is set up as a tragedy, but at the last minute, Chopin pulls the rug out from under the reader and wraps them in a cozy blanket. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Lockets," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rug

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rug

Middle English *rug rag, tuft, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect rugga coarse rug, Old Norse rǫgg tuft

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23 Oct 2020

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“Rug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rug

: a piece of thick, heavy material that is used to cover usually a section of a floor
chiefly US, informal : a small wig that is usually worn by a man to cover a bald spot
British : a blanket that you put over your lap and legs to keep them warm


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Kids Definition of rug

: a piece of thick heavy fabric usually with a nap or pile used especially as a floor covering

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