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measure the drapes
To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. The senator has been criticized for measuring the drapes in the Oval Office with a month still to go before the votes will be tallied.
measure for drapes
To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. The senator has been criticized as measuring for drapes in the Oval Office with a month still to go before the votes will be tallied.
drape oneself over something
to sprawl on a piece of furniture. He draped himself over the armchair and dropped off to sleep. He came in and casually draped himself over grandmother's antique chair.
drape over (something)
[for cloth] to cover something and hang down. The robe draped over her knees, but she was still cold. The tablecloth draped over and reached down to the floor.
drape someone or something in something
to wrap or cover someone or something in something. They draped her in golden silks, but she still looked like a country girl. They draped the tables in polka-dot cloth for the party.
drape someone or something with something
to hang something on or over someone or something. They draped each guest with a makeshift toga. They draped the statue with a brightly colored loincloth.
drape something around someone or something
to wrap or hang something around someone or something. She draped the shawl around her shoulders and felt a little warmer. Mother draped a towel around Timmy after his bath.
drape/wrap yourself in the flag
to pretend to do something for your country when you are really doing it for your own advantage Companies in the UK are finding it useful to wrap themselves in the British flag.