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[sand-pey-per] /ˈsændˌpeɪ pər/
strong paper coated with a layer of sand or other abrasive, used for smoothing or polishing.
verb (used with object)
to smooth or polish with or as if with sandpaper.
Origin of sandpaper
First recorded in 1815-25; sand + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


(formerly) a strong paper coated with sand for smoothing and polishing
a common name for glasspaper
(transitive) to polish or grind (a surface) with or as if with sandpaper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sandpaper

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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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