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rug

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a prayer mat/rug (=small cloth on which Muslims kneel to pray)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
oriental
▪ Members sat beneath handmade mobiles hung with colorful Origami birds. Oriental rugs and an overstuffed sofa made the room feel cozy.
▪ The carpet is pale green and scattered with Oriental rugs.
▪ I remember gasping when I first walked in: the artwork, the oriental rugs, the wood-burning fireplace.
▪ In addition to their underlying similarities of character and appearance, oriental rugs are also defined by the manner in which they are made.
▪ Never place an oriental rug, particularly an expensive one, directly on an uncarpeted floor.
▪ Demonstrators whoop and holler as colleagues receive gifts ... a Tupperware colander ... an Oriental rug.
persian
▪ Rubena Grigg, Orchard wallpaper in Buttermilk colourway, £13.50 per roll. Persian rug.
▪ The room we are in has a Persian rug and tiny tables and chairs.
▪ This is especially true of Persian rugs.
▪ It will make a Persian rug market look like a model of decorum and straight dealing.
▪ The polished wooden floor glowed richly, a Persian rug hand-woven in silk spread across the centre.
▪ Now it was gone, to the last Persian rug and Deco lamp.
▪ It is therefore not surprising that floral and garden designs feature prominently in Persian rugs.
small
▪ He reached into a backpack and pulled out a small rug and put it out in front of me.
■ NOUN
prayer
▪ This is essential with prayer rugs and pictorial carpets, which lose much of their impact if viewed upside-down.
▪ We travel the world with our gym bags and prayer rugs, unrolling them in the transit lounges.
■ VERB
cover
▪ An old white-haired woman in a wheelchair, her legs covered by a tartan rug, wearing a canary yellow blouse.
lie
▪ Do not, whatever you do, lay down loose rugs, they are guaranteed to trip you up.
▪ I took Janir to school in the mornings, came home, lay on the living-room rug and wept.
▪ Tom was lying on the hearth rug, reading Flipper.
▪ A shaggy wolfhound lay on a rug before the enormous fireplace, nose on his paws.
▪ Chola lay down on the rug and fell asleep.
▪ I lay down on the rug in front of the fire and dozed off.
▪ Tina's lying on the sheepskin rug.
make
▪ Q I'd like to make a rug during this winter.
▪ It will make a Persian rug market look like a model of decorum and straight dealing.
▪ It is caused by the weaver moving to a separately dyed batch of yarn part-way through making a rug.
▪ He works in the craft business there, making rugs from alpaca.
produce
▪ This innovation makes it possible to produce rugs that are almost twice as long as the distance between the horizontal beams.
▪ The women began producing thousands of rugs a year for sale to tourists and collectors.
pull
▪ So the Government helped out by pulling the rug from under savers.
▪ He reached into a backpack and pulled out a small rug and put it out in front of me.
▪ It rather pulls the rug from under all those James Bond films.
▪ Congressional Republicans are tempted to pull the rug out from under Bill Clinton wherever possible.
▪ It snuggles up to something familiar then pulls the rug out and dares you to keep your balance.
sit
▪ Instead, she sat on the hearth rug wrapped deep in thought and an enormous yellow blanket while he refreshed their drinks.
▪ As the mourners left, Lydia heard a low laugh and sat up on her rug, thinking suspiciously of her ears.
sweep
▪ She prepared the meals and pumped the water and drew t e baths and swept the rugs and made the beds.
▪ I am proud of the fact that we did not sweep things under the rug.
▪ These emotions play a big role in early development and can not be swept under the rug.
use
▪ Alternatively, use a rug or foam mat to protect you from a hard floor.
▪ One other thing - would it be advisable to use a stable rug at night?
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
shag carpet/rug
travelling rug/clock etc
▪ And he takes a travelling rug with him - another of those fussy bag-and-baggage objects which assert the novel's tonality.
▪ At a quarter to four by the little travelling clock at his bedside he got out of bed and went to the window.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a large circular rug
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A comfortable chair, a rug on the deck, and a favorite picture made it my home.
▪ A thick, choking smoke arose but the rug began to burn and she dropped it with a cry.
▪ He brought in a rug from New York Carpet World and put it under his desk.
▪ In the living-room, Fara was asleep on a rug beside Chantal's cradle.
▪ Never place an oriental rug, particularly an expensive one, directly on an uncarpeted floor.
▪ We went into a living room in which there was old furniture, a worn rug, and a frayed velvet sofa.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rug

Rug \Rug\, n. [Cf. Sw. rugg entanglend hair, ruggig rugged, shaggy, probably akin to E. rough. See Rough, a.]

  1. A kind of coarse, heavy frieze, formerly used for garments.

    They spin the choicest rug in Ireland. A friend of mine . . . repaired to Paris Garden clad in one of these Waterford rugs. The mastiffs, . . . deeming he had been a bear, would fain have baited him.
    --Holinshed.

  2. A piece of thick, nappy fabric, commonly made of wool, -- used for various purposes, as for covering and ornamenting part of a bare floor, for hanging in a doorway as a poti[`e]re, for protecting a portion of carpet, for a wrap to protect the legs from cold, etc.

  3. A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog.

    Rug gown, a gown made of rug, of or coarse, shaggy cloth.
    --B. Johnson.

Rug

Rug \Rug\, v. t. To pull roughly or hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear. [Scot.]
--Sir W. Scott.

Wikipedia

Rug

Rug or RUG may refer to:

  • Carpet or rug, a textile floor covering
  • Rug (animal covering), a covering or garment to protect domesticated animals
  • Really Useful Group, a company set up by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Ghent University (Rijksunversiteit Gent)
  • University of Groningen, (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
  • Rugby railway station (National Rail code)

Rug (animal covering)

A rug (UK), blanket (Equine and other livestock, US), or coat (canine and other companion animals, US) is a covering or garment made by humans to protect their pets from the elements, as in a horse rug or dog coat.

Rugs are also used to protect the pelage of show animals, particularly if the wool or fleece is to be judged, as in alpaca fleece sent to an agricultural show, where it would be desirable to have the wool free from dirt and debris. Small dogs and dogs with thin pelage often need protection from extreme weather.

Wiktionary

rug

n. 1 A partial covering for a floor. 2 (context UK Australia English) A (usually thick) piece of fabric used for warmth (especially on a bed); a blanket. 3 A kind of coarse, heavy frieze, formerly used for clothing. 4 A rough, woolly, or shaggy dog. 5 (context slang English) A wig; a hairpiece. vb. (context Scotland English) To pull roughly or hastily; to plunder; to spoil; to tear.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

rug

1550s, "coarse fabric," of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialectal rugga "coarse coverlet," from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft," from Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, perhaps related to rag (n.) and rough (adj.). Sense evolved to "coverlet, wrap" (1590s), then "mat for the floor" (1808). Meaning "toupee" is theater slang from 1940. Cut a rug "dance" is slang first attested 1942. To sweep (something) under the rug in the figurative sense is from 1954.

WordNet

rug

n. floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile) [syn: carpet, carpeting]

Usage examples of "rug".

Jessy agreed absently while her gaze took in the broad expanse of plains before them, rugged and rolling into forever.

Likeliest would be an airmobile assault by helicopter coming out of the southeast, mountain-hopping across the rugged, forested border with Greece.

The darkest corner was the bedroom, which had a platform of stone on which rugs were spread, and there was a lower mound of dried mud, roughly curtained off from the rest with two or three red and blue foutahs suspended on ropes made of twisted alfa, or dried grass.

I can reply is even the most rugged, xenophile, radiation-resistant cryophilic anaerobes we can imagine are going to have a hard time maintaining more than a toehold on current-day Mars, spending most of their time in a non-metabolic, frozen state, waiting for the times when conditions are right and water can be briefly liquid on the surface.

On the flat roof of his house, the Mahdi sat cross-legged on a low angareb, a couch covered with a silk prayer rug and strewn with cushions.

Two attempts were ineffectually made to gain soundings, and the extreme density of the fog precluded us from any other means of ascertaining the direction in which we were driving until half past twelve, when we had the alarming view of a barren rugged shore within a few yards, towering over the mast heads.

You are just behaving like any man who has had the rug yanked out from under his feet.

Enter Magee Mor Matthew, a rugged rough rugheaded kern, in strossers with a buttoned codpiece, his nether stocks bemired with clauber of ten forests, a wand of wilding in his hand.

He praised the Chevalier twins, claiming their galerie had the best tapestries and antique rugs in all of Paris-which to him meant in all the world-and raved about Jacques Perrin, an aggressive dealer who was one of the first foreigners to exhibit at BLIrlington House-the London show that alternated years with the Biennale and admitted more foreign dealers than Grosvenor House.

Lolling sideways in his saddle, for several minutes he scanned the yellow-brown ramparts of the Amarillos rising rugged and ragged against the blue sky twenty miles to eastward.

We had heavy furs to keep us safe from the cold, and a thick woven rug to throw over Bor, as well as a sack of oats to feed him with, and dried meat and bread and beer for us.

Maar zodra de sterke voeten zich om zijn enkels kromden, de buik tegen zijn rug werd gedrukt en het verkennen begon, verstijfde hij door paniek en bodemloze afschuw.

Naar het scheen, had hij zich reeds in de eerste uren van zijn leven alle begaafdheden van zijn geslacht eigen gemaakt, zwom op den buik zoowel als op den rug, dook zonder moeite en langen tijd achtereen, gedroeg zich in een woord als een volwassene.

There, no doubt, they tread on rugs from Teheran and are diverted by the bulbul and play upon the dulcimer and feed upon sweetmeats.

A felt of rug, and a thin threaden cloke, That scarce would cover your no buttocks -- SUB.