toilet paper


Definition of toilet paper

: a thin sanitary absorbent paper usually in a roll for use in drying or cleaning oneself after defecation and urination

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Some lean on grocery carts, waiting for the delivery of boxes loaded with colorful sacks of carrots, potatoes, cabbage and onions, bundles of rice and beans, boxes of grapes, shampoo, toilet paper and laundry detergent. Erica Hellerstein, The Mercury News, "In Santa Cruz, a clandestine food bank draws hundreds of farmworkers," 24 Aug. 2019 Toomer's Corner is a gathering place for Auburn fans that features the oak trees fans traditionally roll toilet paper around following football victories. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Alabama fan who killed Auburn trees not paying up," 15 Aug. 2019 Hannan, a longtime Koch employee, had been doing a stellar job by some standards — the maker of Brawny paper towels and Quilted Northern toilet paper was paying down debt and delivering higher profits. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 Funds were so short, staff had begun buying toilet paper with money from their own pockets, according to former employees. NBC News, "A nursing home chain grows too fast and collapses, and elderly and disabled residents pay the price," 19 July 2019 It’s been used for everything from identifying jaywalkers to dispensing toilet paper. Jane Li, Quartz, "China’s obsession with looking good is filtering into facial-recognition payments," 3 July 2019 In each case, Bowles stuffed the victims’ throats with objects such as rags toilet paper, dirt and leaves. Washington Post, "The Latest: Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed," 23 Aug. 2019 In fact, the same is true for self-driving cars, or predicting the effects of climate change, or even for businesses to accurately measure productivity and toilet paper costs. Molly Wood, WIRED, "The Ethics of Hiding Your Data From the Machines," 22 Aug. 2019 In each case, Bowles stuffed the victims’ throats with objects such as rags toilet paper, dirt and leaves., "Florida executes serial killer Gary Ray Bowles, who targeted gay men," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of toilet paper

1877, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toilet paper

: thin, soft paper used to clean yourself after you have used the toilet

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Kids Definition of toilet paper

: a thin soft sanitary absorbent paper usually in a roll for bathroom use

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