[tahrp] /tɑrp/
noun, Informal.
1905–10, Americanism; by shortening
Example Sentences 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
tarp (tɑːp)
(US), (Austral), (NZ) an informal word for tarpaulin

TARP (tɑːp)
n acronym for
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, Amer.Eng., informal shortening of tarpaulin.
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A tarpaulin, esp a weatherproof cover for a car, boat, etc (1906+)

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