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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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
wrap yourself in the flagor
drape yourself in the flagmainly 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.
wrap yourself in the flagmake 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.