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[tahrp] /tɑrp/
noun, Informal.
Origin of tarp
1905-10, Americanism; by shortening Unabridged
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  • Both ends of the tarp are left bare, of course, for the bedding is shorter than the tarp.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • I remained under the tarp, and as Creed was going my way I let him do the driving.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • We hastily rigged a tarp on a pair of oars spliced for a mast, and proceeded at a care-free pace.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • The tarp is simple and cheap and is easily accommodated to circumstances.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • Johnson had spread his tarp about thirty yards removed from his men.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
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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