drop cloth

noun
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.


Origin:
1925–30

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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
2. a large piece of cloth laid over the floor or furniture while a room is being painted 
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Example sentences
Protect the ground from paint drips by placing a drop cloth or cardboard on the
  ground under the surface you are painting.
Place tools, equipment and materials needed onto drop cloth.
Additional sampling techniques will include drop cloth, sweeping and visual
  counts of insects on specific plant parts.
Then put up a tall canvas or drop cloth on the side that would have the tall
  buildings.
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