noun Informal.

1905–10, Americanism; by shortening

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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 & History

1906, Amer.Eng., informal shortening of tarpaulin.
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Example sentences
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.
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