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. 2001.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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