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floorcloth

[ flawr-klawth, -kloth, flohr- ]
/ ˈflɔrˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ, ˈfloʊr- /
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noun, plural floor·cloths [flawr-klawthz, -klothz, -klawths, -kloths, flohr-]. /ˈflɔrˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs, ˈfloʊr-/.

a cloth for washing or wiping floors.
a piece of cloth or the like, as crash, drugget, or linoleum, used with or without a carpet for covering a floor.

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Origin of floorcloth

First recorded in 1740–50; floor + cloth
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