tar paper


Definition of tar paper 

: a heavy paper coated or impregnated with tar for use especially in building

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The quilt and illustrations focus on her childhood in Harlem in the 1930s when her family would have picnics and sleep out under the stars on the tar paper roof of their building. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Faith Ringgold's famous ‘story quilts’ come to the Crocker | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 Things got heated and their relationship crumbled and there just wasn't enough bracing and tar paper to patch all the holes. Author: Shannyn Moore, Alaska Dispatch News, "Compromise works — but health care bill is no compromise," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of tar paper

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tar paper was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of tar paper

: a heavy type of paper covered with tar that is used especially in roofs

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