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Heavy paper impregnated or coated with tar, used as a waterproof protective material in building.
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a type of paper coated or impregnated with tar and used in construction
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(ˈtɑrˌpeɪ pər)

a heavy, tar-coated paper used as a waterproofing material in building construction.
[1890–95, Amer.]
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The barracks were hastily built plank-on-stud wooden structures covered with tarpaper outside and with no interior walls.
Soon after, Japanese Americans were ordered to abandon their homes and communities on the West Coast for tarpaper barracks (euphemistically called "relocation centers") surrounded by barbed wire and machine gun towers in desolate areas inland.
"The note said: Wally, I will not live in a tarpaper shack the rest of my life.
I learned she lived in a tarpaper shack with no windows or plumbing.
Many were covered with tarpaper. Indoor bathrooms and running water were luxuries.
It contained a charge that looked somewhat like black tarpaper. The fuse was of the impact type.
Any archer can whack pronghorns at close range, if that person has the gumption to erect a commercial blind or dig a pit and cover it with tarpaper, cardboard, poly tarps, or any other lightproof material.
Into this city flocked the unfortunate in great numbers, lightly clothed, building fires on the streets outside their tarpaper and corrugated-tin shacks, caring for their young haphazardly, brewing up spicy chai, smoking chillums stoked with hashish, sometimes getting drunk on cheap hooch.
However, this choice proved to be unsatisfactory and between 50 and 60 boys, including two 10-year-olds, were moved on 10 September 1940, to "temporary quarters" comprising tarpaper shacks at a forestry camp, Camp No.
They used tarpaper to cover the walls inside and out to make it new like a stage.