Definition of rug in English:


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Pronunciation: /rʌɡ


1A floor covering of thick woven material or animal skin, typically not extending over the entire floor: an oriental rug Charles and Elaine were sitting on the rug in front of the fire
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  • A goatskin rug covers the carpet in front of a brass fireplace with marble surround and wooden mantelpiece.
  • Kurtas, short kurtas, cushion covers, bags, bedspreads, rugs, carpets and a whole lot of other items would be on display at the expo.
  • Furniture, televisions, other electrical appliances, carpets and rugs often contain chemicals that are stain repellent or fire retardant.
1.1British A thick woollen coverlet or wrap, used especially when travelling.
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  • When he was lowered to the ground, his box was tipped on its side to enable an emotional Blaine to stagger out wrapped in a rug.
  • But stoics take rugs, umbrellas, thick coats and bracing amounts of booze.
  • During the summer months, the light lasts well into the evening while passengers sit on deck, wrapped in rugs, marvelling at the beauty of the glaciers.
blanket, coverlet, throw, wrap;
travelling rug;
North American lap robe, steamer rug
1.2A shaped garment worn by horses for protection or warmth.
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  • Mr Petit, who travels around the country showing horses with his family, has suffered at the hands of thieves who have stolen a lorry, horsebox, horse rugs and saddles and even horse feed.
  • The horses wore leather rugs to protect their coats and keep them warm, but a string on one had come loose and was trailing in the mud.
  • He described the job of putting on a horse rug as ‘like putting your shoes on in a morning’.
1.3 informal , chiefly North American A toupee or wig: men who shave their heads or wear rugs
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  • I hereby sentence the actors to get a haircut so they won't need to wear the bad rugs.
  • I was actually disappointed that his tresses were not the result of a bad rug.
  • One in 10 is tempted to conceal her wayward tresses under a rug when it becomes frizzy, dry, dull or takes on a life of its own.


mid 16th century (denoting a type of coarse woollen cloth): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian dialect rugga 'coverlet', Swedish rugg 'ruffled hair'; related to rag1. The sense 'small carpet' dates from the early 19th century.


pull the rug (out) from under

Abruptly withdraw support from (someone): the debts of major companies are too large for the banks to pull the rug
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  • More importantly, though, Russell's narrative pulls the rug from under us, changing our perceptions of all three characters.
  • But yesterday he effectively pulled the rug from under them by introducing 19 per cent corporation tax levy on those profits.
  • In both countries, it was the external patron whom the local regimes had relied on for protection that pulled the rug from under them.

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