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sandpaper

[sand-pey-per] /ˈsændˌpeɪ pər/
noun
1.
strong paper coated with a layer of sand or other abrasive, used for smoothing or polishing.
verb (used with object)
2.
to smooth or polish with or as if with sandpaper.
Origin of sandpaper
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; sand + paper
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  • The sandpaper must be applied unsparingly and always with the grain.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • You were just rubbing the sandpaper and the cloth together and singing.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He could hear a faint rasping like the rustle of sandpaper, as they did so.

  • Move the third brush only 1/16 inch and then sandpaper the brush seat with 00 sandpaper.

  • His throat was like sandpaper and the words came out in a rasp.

    The Dark Door Alan Edward Nourse
  • In this case, the smooth surface of the sandpaper would be against the saw.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • Like sandpaper it should not be used till all the work with cutting tools is done.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • His brain was loose, and the inside of his skull was covered with sandpaper.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "Go as far as you like," said Jimmy, with sandpaper in his voice.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for sandpaper

sandpaper

/ˈsændˌpeɪpə/
noun
1.
(formerly) a strong paper coated with sand for smoothing and polishing
2.
a common name for glasspaper
verb
3.
(transitive) to polish or grind (a surface) with or as if with sandpaper
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Word Origin and History for sandpaper
n.

also sand-paper, 1788, from sand (n.) + paper (n.).

v.

1835, from sandpaper (n.). Related: Sandpapered; sandpapering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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