drop cloth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n drop cloth a large piece of cloth laid over the floor or furniture while a room is being painted
    • n drop cloth a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
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Usage

In literature:

Put a few drops on a piece of clean cloth, preferably cotton, and rub with the cloth, thereby avoiding the use of an unnecessary amount.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
After that I went back and dropped off to sleep, and the skipper sent me off at sun-up to fetch the stranger's clothes.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
He puts a drop of ordinary ammonia on the cloth.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
The discharge struck a second attendant, and the man dropped screeching, his clothes ablaze.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The day before his clothes were promised he dropped in.
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
Perhaps he feared my making a rope of bed clothes and dropping to the terrace.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
First she must make herself clean; so, dropping all her clothes, she gave herself, for the first time in her life, a good scrubbing.
"The Princess Idleways" by Mrs. W. J. Hayes
She helped herself to an egg, and immediately dropped it on the table-cloth and sprang to her feet.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
A visitor dropped in; an old woman who dealt in clothes and trinkets.
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
She hurried on her riding-clothes, dropped her braid under her jacket, and ran down the stairs.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
The man and woman laughed jerkily, dropped to the sand side by side and considered the necessity of clothes.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
He dropped the large piece of cloth he had torn from Simon's trousers and kept on after the two other fleeing individuals.
"Dick Hamilton's Fortune" by Howard R. Garis
Tie a floured cloth over the top and drop into a pot of boiling water.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
The share of the budget spent on clothing has dropped since 1962.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Mrs. Barnes dropped her clothes without troubling to retrieve them.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
He admired the pearls an instant before dropping them into a small cloth bag which he carried.
"Penny Nichols and the Black Imp" by Joan Clark
The painted back drop had given way to a curtain of white cloth.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The clothes had been dropped too low and got wet.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
On another occasion Hans happened to drop a brown cloth upon a black one.
"Clever Hans" by Oskar Pfungst
He took the cloth from the long sideboard and dropped it over the face of the man on the floor.
"The Princess Galva" by David Whitelaw
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In poetry:

"Dear boy, the night is stormy,
Your ragged clothes are thin,
And soon the heavy rain-drops
Will wet you to the skin.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
Is grass the green that clothes the ground?
Are springs the common springs?
Daisies and cowslips dropping round,
Are such the flowers she brings?
"Distant Hills" by John Clare
"Let there be light!" and God's first born,
Clothed in the princely garb of morn,
Assumed his long pre-ordered place,
And dropped the mantling from his face.
"Creation Light" by James Madison Bell
She saw the bound and the beaten beneath her like shifting sands,
And—she dropped the cloth on her window with her own white hands,
(She shut out her people's crying
With her own white hands.)
"The Parasite" by Theodosia Garrison

In news:

You may know it best as a place to drop off old clothes and no longer needed household items, but Goodwill is much more than a thrift store.
'Paint, Draw Or Sculpt From A Clothed Model (Drop-in Studio)'.
Today I stopped by the Ventnor Community Center to drop of clothes and other products to just try to do a little part in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Folks dropped off toys and clothing from noon until 6:00 pm Saturday.
Clothes and non-perishable food can be dropped off at Bayside Engravers, 19735 10th Ave NE, Suite N102.
LACEY — An Ocean County man stole 20 bags of donated clothing from a drop-off bin in Lacey, police told Lacey.
Lucas and his crew went to various locations to try to drop off the clothes.
If you have any plastics, clothing or shoes to donate to the Sheltered Workshop, you can drop them off any time of day, but note the workshop does not accept electronics.
Donated clothes stolen from Lacey drop -off bin, police say.
Lacey police arrested a 21-year-old man who they say stole donated clothes from a drop -off bin.
Donated clothes stolen from Lacey drop-off bin, police say.
Lacey police arrested a 21-year-old man who they say stole donated clothes from a drop-off bin.
OSKALOOSA — As the mercury in the thermometer drops, the need for winter clothes in Mahaska County grows and the Klothes Kloset is accepting donations for their winter coat drive.
Drop off gently used clothing and more to the Goodwill store in Eau Claire at 3605 Gateway Drive.
They're organizing donations such as clothes, books and electronics that people have dropped off.
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