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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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

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.
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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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Draping instructions for Jacket Silhouettes and Collar/Lapel Designs make up a welcome additional chapter in this edition.
In the drawings that accompany draping procedures, maroon lines have been added to the light and medium gray tones used to indicate right and wrong sides of the fabric, thereby making the placement of grainlines, level lines, draping marks, and trued seam lines easier to see and understand.
Overall, the fourth edition of The Art of Fashion Draping, one of the bibles of draping instruction, is a most instructive, understandable, and attractive text.
They also offer one piece procedural sheets, equipment drapes, fluid collection pouches and drape/sheeting accessories to complement any and all draping needs.
Columbus, MS) offers draping products for practically any procedure performed in every clinical environment across the spectrum of health care and has developed a number of innovative specialty products to address the needs of specific procedures and safety concerns.
The Microtek range of specialty draping products includes such innovations as PerfectPouch, which features a unique pouch with an inflated rim to more efficiently collect fluids, minimizing the spread of infectious fluids and cross-contamination for patients and professionals.
Another innovative Microtek draping product is the Drape 'N Dress feature, which delivers a procedure specific sterile wound dressing on the surface of the surgical patient drape near the procedure site.
Microtek also offers assistance to hospitals with regards to the proper and safe use of draping products.
Measuring 12 inches by 17 inches it is intended to be positioned on the patient over the preferred draping material normally used to protect the patient and staff from bacteria and infections.
QSUM is expert in biopsy and draping products for Stereotactic, Ultrasound and MRI such as trays and draping systems for Lorad and Fischer/Siemens prone biopsy systems.