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[tahrp] /tɑrp/
noun, Informal.
Origin of tarp
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The tarp is simple and cheap and is easily accommodated to circumstances.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • I remained under the tarp, and as Creed was going my way I let him do the driving.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • The Friars tarp was next to mine, an I raised myself on my elbow an looked at it.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • After a time the Friar did go to bed in Horaces tarp in the corner.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • He struggled a while, not in hope, merely in refusal to surrender, and dislodged the tarp.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for tarp


(US & Austral, NZ) an informal word for tarpaulin


noun acronym (in the US)
Troubled Assets Relief Program: a fund providing money to increase the liquidity of financial institutions
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Word Origin and History for tarp

1906, American English, informal shortening of tarpaulin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tarp



A tarpaulin, esp a weatherproof cover for a car, boat, etc (1906+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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