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2 definitions found
 for drop cloth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  drop cloth \drop" cloth`\ n.
     a sheet of material used to cover objects or surfaces while
     painting a ceiling or wall of a house, so as to protect
     objects from being marred by drops of paint splashed
     inadvertantly in the painting process. Originally such drop
     cloths were made of cloth, but more recently paper or plastic
     have also commonly been used.
     [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  drop cloth
      n 1: a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from
           the flies; often used as background scenery [syn: drop
           curtain, drop cloth, drop]
      2: a large piece of cloth laid over the floor or furniture while
         a room is being painted

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