\ 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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A few months later a group of angry protestors in San Francisco covered another one in a tarp, pushed it to the ground, and smeared barbeque sauce on it. Wired, "Of Course Citizens Should Be Allowed to Kick Robots," 29 Aug. 2019 Only now, the normally white tarp was black and brown and covered in feces. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Bedridden woman found with maggots, roaches. Husband, son charged with neglect | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018 Blue tarp covers what’s left of siding, columns barely hold up mangled and buckled front porches, and pieces of insulation from a school a few hundred yards away are still scattered across his property. Washington Post, "Devastation on top of devastation: The people of Dayton try to recover, again.," 10 Aug. 2019 Bamboo and tarp shacks upon shacks sprang up along the muddy hills, which shifted under their weight. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 Until it is removed, Deutsch said the monument remains concealed from public view under a tarp after efforts to remove the graffiti failed. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "One of the last remaining Confederate monuments in California is vandalized," 9 July 2019 On this Sunday, Max told Mark to go out and help the grounds crew roll up the tarp. Robert General, Indianapolis Star, "'Every day was a Father’s Day’ for the Schumachers at Victory Field," 16 June 2019 Already on Monday, park officials had removed a large, white tarp that had covered the original name of Curry Village, a campground in Yosemite Valley named after is founders who opened the rustic accommodations more than a century ago. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite settles trademark dispute — Ahwahnee, other historical names to return," 15 July 2019 During the worst of the storm, groups gathered under tarps covering Union Park’s fence, and some huddled under trees. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: Evacuation due to storms puts fest on pause ... temporarily," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of tarp

1906, in the meaning defined above

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