"What does this here blessed tarpaulin go and do," said Mr. Peggotty, with his face one high noon of enjoyment, "but he loses that there art of his to our little Em'ly."—Charles Dickens
The Englishman replied, like a rough tarpaulin, "They might starve; they should not plant nor build in that place."—Daniel Defoe
Examples of tarpaulin in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebMeanwhile, Addi has laid out a feast of oats on the tarpaulin under a tree for shade.—Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Jan. 2024 The fire, which started around 2 p.m., consumed several thousand bamboo and tarpaulin shelters, as well as facilities like hospitals and schools, until it was put out by Rohingya and Bangladeshi firefighters around 5:30 p.m., local authorities said.—Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2023 Following the appearance of the threat, the San Bernardino group canceled its concert at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, as did Peso Pluma weeks earlier, after having received the same death threat on a tarpaulin signed with the initials CJNG, alluding to the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación.—Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 The padding is cushiony, and the exterior waterproof tarpaulin and Robic 1680-denier ballistic nylon materials have held up extremely well over time.—Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 At sunrise, mist lifted to reveal several hundred bamboo and tarpaulin shelters clinging to muddy hillsides.—Yan Naing, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 Some families fashioned makeshift shelters from plastic tarpaulins or bedsheets.—Abdi Latif Dahir Joao Silva, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 With nowhere to go and no money to rent an apartment, many including Savita’s family had no choice but to live under tarpaulin sheets on the rugged land, even as torrential rains and floods battered the city.—Rhea Mogul, CNN, 5 Sep. 2023 Some of the larger items that will be exempt from sales taxes include a portable generator with a sales price of $3,000 or less, a tarpaulin or another kind of waterproof sheeting with a sales price of $100 or below, and a ground anchor system totaling $100 or less.—Eden Villalovas, Washington Examiner, 28 Aug. 2023 See More
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probably from tar entry 1 + -palling, -pauling (from pall)