\ 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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Use a leaf rake to gather the debris into piles, then rake the piles onto a large tarp. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring," 22 Jan. 2019 The concert stage and other structures were gone and a green tarp covered the chain link fences. Ken Belson, New York Times, "How the Hockey Team in Las Vegas Won Despite Losing," 8 June 2018 There are maybe 15 tents pitched in the Square, and another five or six trashy heaps of canvas and tarp that were tents the day before, but were left behind by people lucky enough to score real housing nearby. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Homeless Warriors fans live in the shadow of team’s headquarters," 7 May 2018 Silent Sam's century-long presence in the center of a main quadrangle ended around midnight after workers covered it with a tarp, lifted it with a backhoe and put it into the back of a truck for a trip to an undisclosed storage location. Fox News, "Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling," 21 Aug. 2018 Status: Expected back soon (Stitches in face/sprained wrist) Nick Webre was in line to start last week in the midweek game against Tulane but the day prior, Webre ran full force into the tarp in right field. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "How the injury bug has affected LSU baseball in 2018," 29 Mar. 2018 Photos from the Samara website show a tarp, tents with construction equipment, and (rather bizarrely) a llama. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Is Airbnb’s next move building houses?," 29 Nov. 2018 Authorities have previously noted that the bodies of the women were found stabbed to death under a tarp, with a knife buried nearby. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules," 10 Nov. 2018 Footage from the site of the arrest — an auto parts store, according to The Guardian — shows Sayoc’s van under a tarp. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "That Trump tank meme on Cesar Sayoc’s van was made as a joke, creator says," 26 Oct. 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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