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[tahrp] /tɑrp/
noun, Informal.
Origin of tarp
1905-10, Americanism; by shortening Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tarp
  • She lays the fish beside dozens of other specimens on a clear tarp.
  • Our shelter for the night is four poles set in a square about four yards apart and topped by a tarp with open sides.
  • Sleet rattles the tarp as the storm blots the lights of fishing villages that sparkle from the mainland.
  • Heart and liver are laid on a tarp along with the other meat-food for both humans and dogs.
  • Under a tarp nearby, investigators were gradually reconstructing fragments of the truck that had carried the bomb.
  • They crowded six or seven deep, trying to see any of the game before the umps signaled for the tarp.
  • They did belly-flop slides on the drenched tarp, drawing applause from fans.
  • It is currently pouring, the tarp is back on, and fans have returned to the concourses for shelter.
  • They were constructing a huge tent, pulling a tarp over upright wooden poles they had lashed together.
  • Now they are living on a sidewalk underneath a large red, blue and white plastic tarp.
British Dictionary definitions for tarp


(US & Austral, NZ) an informal word for tarpaulin


noun acronym (in the US)
Troubled Assets Relief Program: a fund providing money to increase the liquidity of financial institutions
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Word Origin and History for tarp

1906, American English, informal shortening of tarpaulin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tarp



A native or resident of North Carolina

[1864+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr the gummy resins of the pine barrens, which would cling to their feet; perhaps because a North Carolina unit that lost a hilltop position in the Civil War was jestingly told they had not tarred their heels to make them stick]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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