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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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The latest collection of draped dresses is now available at the SM Ladies' Fashion department.
Left: Strapless chiffon evening ensemble by Yves Saint Laurent with draped front tied with large bow at bust line and the fluidity of open layers of chiffon.
Florida maple, cedar, and other trees may be draped modestly with moss, but the resins in pines flatly reject virtually all air plants.
And not just the traditional single strand of white pearls (picture Audrey Hepburn wearing the black column dress while draped in pearls featured in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's), designers have created non-traditional pearl jewelry to meet the demand.
The woman sits, turned toward us in a three-quarters pose, draped in a classical-looking sheet.
MODELS TO THE MAX: Snaking through massive crimson velvet curtains, only to encounter a half-naked man lolling on a couch with a BCBG-clad model draped across his bare chest, it's pretty obvious that this wasn't your typical cocktail party.
The breezy updated design features 45-foot palm trees inside the four-story atrium lobby with flowing fabric draped from the ceiling.
Mourners wiped tears as Baca presented the American flag that had draped Kuredjian's casket to Anahid Kuredjian.
At Forest Lawn, Baca presented the American flag that had draped Kuredjian's casket to Anahid Kuredjian.
It also must pass the ``cheesecloth-drape test,'' where a 20-layer pad of cheesecloth is draped over the center of the lamp guard to see whether or not it will burn while the lamp is on.
Miss USA's tree is draped with banners bearing the names of all 50 states and topped with a crown.