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Definition of rug

1 : lap robe
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 And then tries to continue to sweep it under the rug. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 1 Oct. 2021 While everyone focuses on Facebook’s firestorm of faults, YouTube is taking the opportunity to sweep some uglies under the rug. Declan Harty, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2021 The finance side of the business tends to get swept under the rug, usually out of fear and intimidation, but rest assured. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Don’t allow your concerns to be swept under the rug. Womensmedia, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Yes, the nation has more than $3.5 trillion in unmet needs and problems swept under the rug for too long. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2021 While Howard tries to push the issue under the rug, Burke is insistent on finding the dealer and treating this issue like a murder. Kyesha Jennings, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 For hours on that Monday afternoon, about a dozen volunteers placed futons, lamps, a rug, a coffee table and a TV in the Sadat family’s living room. Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Bikoff's combination of stylistic eras comes to a head in the living room, where Louis XVI chairs share space with vintage Italian crystal chandeliers, a shag rug, 80s coffee table, and a Phyllis Morris console. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 12 July 2021

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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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“Rug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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
: a small wig that is usually worn by a man to cover a bald spot : toupee
: 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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