\ˈtärp \
plural tarps

Definition of tarp 

: a piece of material (such as durable plastic or waterproofed canvas) used especially for protecting exposed objects or areas : tarpaulin The crewmen competed for a place to stand beneath the small tarp that covered part of the narrow deck.— Matt Potts This house, half of it's all burned up. They live there, the burned part's covered with a tarp, with their dogs, and they must have at least ten.— Katya Reno

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On top of being extremely useful, tarps are ubiquitous. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Don't Underestimate the Humble $12 Tarp," 2 May 2018 Bronze Star was formed less than two months before bidding on FEMA's tarp and sheeting contracts. Michael Biesecker, chicagotribune.com, "FEMA faulted for failed contracts to deliver hurricane aid," 10 Apr. 2018 Best paired with a tarp to create a quick and dirty shelter. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "16 Tools You Need When You Live Off the Grid," 3 July 2018 Then there was more work afterward, with the draining of the tarp and anyone with a shovel or rake pitching in to get the field and bullpens usable. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Midland Redskins pitch in to help Harrison coach Shawn Sowders," 22 June 2018 Most tutorials recommend lining your pool with waterproof tarp and adding a water pump. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Pallet Swimming Pools Are Here to Make Your Summer the Best Ever," 25 May 2018 Deputies put her on a tarp and dragged her to safety. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Man assaults, shoots pregnant girlfriend before killing himself, deputies say," 5 Apr. 2018 The boys covered the part of the brick wall that met the car with a black tarp to create the illusion that the car had broken through. NBC News, "Police congratulate Wisconsin boys for creative senior prank," 16 May 2018 Most of her trophies are under a plastic tarp in a shed at her home in Babyloniënbroek. Outside Online, "Marianne Vos Is the Boss," 15 May 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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