masking tape

noun
an easily removed adhesive tape used temporarily for defining margins, protecting surfaces, etc., as when painting, and sometimes also for binding, sealing, or mending.

Origin:
1935–40

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masking tape
 
n
an adhesive tape used to mask and protect surfaces surrounding an area to be painted

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Example sentences
After it dried, he ran masking tape across the fence and applied darker blue
  paint along the bottom.
Secure paper to pumpkin with masking tape or pushpins.
Better yet put a piece of masking tape on the back of your camera and write the
  note on that.
So the next time you're preparing to fly, go ahead and break out the masking
  tape.
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