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drop cloth

A sheet, as of cloth or plastic, for protection against spills or dripping, used especially by painters.
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drop′ cloth`

or drop′cloth`,

a sheet of cloth, plastic, or the like used by painters esp. to protect furniture or floors.
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Noun1.drop cloth - a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the fliesdrop cloth - a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
curtain, drape, drapery, pall, mantle - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
2.drop cloth - a large piece of cloth laid over the floor or furniture while a room is being painted
piece of cloth, piece of material - a separate part consisting of fabric
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"Discuss things like how you expect that the house will be fully protected by drop cloths on the floors and taped down with heavy plastic in doorways and over vents to minimize dust travel," says Abbie Jacobson, a Chicago interior designer.
The video would show how difficult it was to bring in the massive evergreen into her home, but this year, Jenner only showed off entryway covered in drop cloths. She then captioned it with "Yay" and four heart-shaped emojis.
Everything was covered in drop cloths, and he was outside, roller in hand, working on a wall.
We managed it with the use of inexpensive drop cloths. The only planning for this event is purchasing materials and setting up the room.
Michael finally gets the drop on Jacob in the season finale when he--in a ridiculous albeit fun serise of events--uses a fight on an old shipyard to recreate the front of the cabin (complete with drop cloths) where Jacob had Michael framed for the murder of ex-CIA deputy chief Harlan Gaines.
The painted flowers were then placed on another 4' x 81 table, covered with drop cloths, and allowed to dry.
This required him to cover the car in two drop cloths so that he could sit inside, turn on the ignition, and pretend that he was a great pharaoh, one who had formerly walked the museum in long, purposeful strides, after all the visitors had left, before settling down in the offering chapel, a kind of ancient garage.
Canvas or plastic drop cloths are slippery on hard flooring like wood or tile.
The display could increase transaction sizes if shoppers who come in for a gallon of paint and some new roller covers also remember to pick up painter's tape and drop cloths, as well.
We start each day laying down drop cloths and end each day literally vacuuming our way our of your house.”
Using hand-held nets and drop cloths, Tillman and her colleagues collected stink bugs from the three crops for 6 years to study stink bug migration patterns.
These are often called "drop cloths" and are used to catch paint drippings.