drop cloth

drop cloth
drop cloth drop" cloth` n. a sheet of material used to cover objects or surfaces while painting a ceiling or wall of a house, so as to protect objects from being marred by drops of paint splashed inadvertantly in the painting process. Originally such drop cloths were made of cloth, but more recently paper or plastic have also commonly been used. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • drop cloth — drop′ cloth or drop′cloth n. a sheet of cloth, plastic, or the like used by painters esp. to protect furniture or floors • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • drop cloth — ► NOUN 1) (also drop curtain) a curtain or painted cloth lowered vertically on to a theatre stage. 2) N. Amer. a dust sheet …   English terms dictionary

  • drop|cloth — «DROP KLTH, KLOTH», noun. a cloth, canvas, or plastic sheet for protecting furniture, surfaces, machinery, or other articles and areas, during painting or repairing …   Useful english dictionary

  • drop cloth — n AmE a large cloth for covering furniture or floors in order to protect them from dust or paint British Equivalent: dustsheet …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drop cloth — drop ,cloth noun count AMERICAN a large piece of cloth that covers the floor and furniture in a room while you are painting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drop cloth — noun 1. a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery • Syn: ↑drop curtain, ↑drop • Derivationally related forms: ↑drop (for: ↑drop) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • drop cloth — noun An impermeable sheet of material meant to catch paint or other hard to clean substances. Always put down a drop cloth before you paint a ceiling …   Wiktionary

  • drop cloth — noun 1》 (also drop curtain) a curtain or painted cloth lowered vertically on to a theatre stage. 2》 N. Amer. a dust sheet …   English new terms dictionary

  • drop cloth — noun Date: circa 1928 a protective sheet (as of cloth or plastic) used especially by painters to cover floors and furniture …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • drop cloth — a sheet of cloth, paper, plastic, or the like laid over furniture and floors for protection while a room is being painted or laid over shrubbery while the exterior of a house is being painted. Also, dropcloth. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

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