\ ˈtärp How to pronounce tarp (audio) \
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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Close it off with a plastic tarp to keep in the warmth. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "How to Build a Better Snow Fort," 18 Dec. 2018 Automakers often employ some kind of tarp or netting to protect the cars, but Volkswagen’s Mexico factory took a different route, building multiple hail cannons to ward of bad weather. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Farmers Accuse Volkswagen of Causing a Drought With Its Weather Machines," 23 Aug. 2018 For actual survival, a generic blue tarp from Lowe’s isn’t going to cut it. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "What doomsday preppers are buying this Black Friday," 21 Nov. 2018 The groundskeepers pulled out the tarp, but the first attempt didn't get the field covered. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "A grounds-crew member got trapped under the tarp at Royals' minor-league game," 12 June 2018 In the event the tree isn’t wrapped it can be wrapped in the moving blanket or tarp and then secured to the car. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tie a Christmas Tree to the Roof of Your Car," 2 Dec. 2018 By Wednesday, a black tarp was covering the picture after the display attracted attention. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Outrage over mural at California school showing Trump's head on a spear," 7 May 2018 After investigators removed the tarp from the crashed car and opened the door, a man's body could be seen slumped over in its driver's seat. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "6 shot, including NOPD officer, in 4 shootings during violent Sunday in New Orleans," 22 Apr. 2018 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

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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