\ 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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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 Despite the occasional shower, the artists worked diligently to fill the mural in with 75 different colors of chalk with the help of a tarp. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "A 3D chalk mural appears in Old City," 28 Mar. 2018 Kocis took batting practice Sunday morning at Mulcahy and was put to work later in the day hanging up decorative tarps that display photos of Glacier Pilots who made it to the major leagues. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s boys of summer are back, and they begin playing baseball Tuesday," 5 June 2018 And as rain dampened the ground through the afternoon, intrepid infield guests sought shelter beneath wagering windows, makeshift tarp tents and even dumpster lids. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Celebs and fashion flood Churchill Downs despite record rain at Kentucky Derby," 5 May 2018 The woman told police Madison dragged Kyzer's body in the woods and then set the body on fire by burning the tarp. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Baseball bat, ice pick used to kill 82-year-old Emmett Kyzer before body set on fire," 26 Jan. 2018 The incident drew national attention among horse lovers, when it was reported the dead mare's stallion stood over the body all night, even after it was covered with a tarp. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "New threat emerges for NC's famous wild horses, prompting campaign aimed at tourists," 2 July 2018 At one facility called Tornillo, unaccompanied migrant boys play soccer and eat lunch at more than a dozen long plastic tables surrounded by metal chairs during the day, and sleep under temporary structures with tarp-like ceilings at night. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Immigrant Detention Facilities Are Inhumane, Expensive, and Crowded," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of tarp

1906, in the meaning defined above

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