drape


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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.
See also: drape, measure

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.
See also: drape, measure

drape (oneself) in the flag

To make a display of oneself as overtly patriotic or doing something to benefit one's country (often when in fact one is doing it for personal gain). He may act like he's draping himself in the flag by getting manufacturers to stay in our country, but I also know that he stands to make a lot of money from such an arrangement.
See also: drape, flag

drape (someone or something) with (something)

To cover someone or something with something. We draped the couch with a sheet to keep it from getting damaged or stained in the move.
See also: drape

drape (something) around (someone or something)

To loosely place something over someone or something. It wasn't as cold out when I left the theater, so I just draped my coat around my shoulders.
See also: around, drape

drape (someone or something) in (something)

To loosely place something over someone or something. We draped the couch in a sheet to keep it from getting damaged in the move.
See also: drape

drape over (someone or something)

1. To lay on a piece of furniture, usually with one's limbs splayed. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "drape" and "over." John came in and draped himself over the sofa while moaning about his ex-girlfriend. I was so exhausted from traveling that I draped myself over the bed as soon as I got to my hotel room.
2. To loosely place something over someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "drape" and "over." It wasn't as cold out when I left the theater, so I just draped my coat over my shoulders.
See also: drape, over

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.
See also: drape, over

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.
See also: drape, over

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.
See also: drape

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.
See also: drape

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.
See also: around, drape

wrap yourself in the flag

or

drape yourself in the flag

mainly AMERICAN
If someone, especially a politician, wraps themselves in the flag or drapes themselves in the flag, they try to do something for their own advantage while pretending to do it for the good of their country. Politicians always try to wrap themselves in the flag on Independence Day, but I think most people can see through that. He criticized advertisers for fighting proposed cigarette ad restrictions by draping themselves in the flag and lecturing about their First Amendment freedoms of speech.
See also: flag, wrap

wrap yourself in the flag

make an excessive show of your patriotism, especially for political ends. chiefly North American
1993 Globe & Mail (Canada) For a politician at election time, wrapping oneself in the Canadian flag is a reflex action, as irresistible as bussing a baby.
See also: flag, wrap
References in periodicals archive ?
Another important factor in whether a fabric will drape is how tightly or loosely the yarn is knitted.
But all of the procedures were being followed in usual manner except the difference in type of drape for both the groups.
By exempting surgical drapes with antimicrobials from the 510(k) preclearance pathway, manufacturers will no longer be required to provide data to FDA for review.
Kimono and raglan designs are introduced in the Basic Foundation section, with Sleeve Drapes for those styles included in Part Three.
Designer Nikhil Mehra gives it a thumbs up, saying, " It's nice to see Gauri wearing an unlikely drape on the red carpet.
BACK IN BLACK - this structured dress, pounds 70, and platform shoes with studs pounds 60 is perfect for a night out; BRIGHT BLUES - stun in this scoop neck dress, pounds 60; JUMP TO IT - this pendant, pounds 15, jumpsuit, pounds 45, and leather hobo bag, pounds 80, is perfect for day to night; GO GRAPHIC - arthouse print shift, pounds 65, and suede clutch bag, pounds 30; SEEING RED - one shoulder drape dress, pounds 60; EYE - CATCHING - drape dress, pounds 50, and necklace pounds 16
Family history relates that Drape and Gill had first crossed paths on the Mt Alexander (Castlemaine) diggings.
Compared with traditional thermoforming, drape forming is relatively simple, "low-tech," and more labor intensive.
In Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend, New York Times sports reporter Joe Drape tells the story of Jimmy Winkfield, who was born in 1882 in Chilesburg, Kentucky, and who won two consecutive Kentucky Derbies, in 1901 and 1902; the latter being the last Derby triumph for a black jockey.
So in operation, the textile is picked up, the robot moves into the mold area and removes a part, indexes so that the cloth can be draped on retainer pins in the mold, drapes the textile, then moves out of the mold and places the finished part on an outgoing conveyor.
Its narrative revolves around the decision to replace the library drapes, and three rival sets of drapes emerge as contenders: the first, a plain, functional set ordered by Miss Inch (Lillian Gish), the clinic's accountant; the second a set that are to be made in-house and will use the drawings of one of the patients, Stevie Holte (John Kerr); the last, a more exclusive set ordered by Karen McIver (Gloria Grahame), wife of the clinic's director, in cahoots with Regina Mitchell-Smith, the president of the clinic's Board of Trustees.
Glasscock III, MD, FACS, combine the advantages of several drapes into one practical solution that addresses the needs of all Otology and Neurotology surgeons.
The Securline operating room camera drape provides more than 8 feet of a clear polyethylene sterile barrier that slips over an operating room camera and cable.
Drape the fabric behind your body, holding the two ends together in front.
When he graduated from Parsons, Velasco went to work for French designer Rossette Harris, who taught him to drape and alter women's clothes.